Re: Which Router for VPN and Webhosting
From: BC (bconneely_at_yahoo.com)
Date: 17 Sep 2003 20:45:53 -0700
Lars M. Hansen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:<email@example.com>...
> On 17 Sep 2003 07:48:45 -0700, BC spoketh
> >And the fact that Microsoft felt compelled to hide all their
> >Microsoft.com servers behind Akamai's caching Linux servers in
> >response to the Blaster worm should tell you all you need to
> >know about Windows 2000/XP/2003's security.
> >So there....
> That's somewhat inaccurate. They didn't hide because of MSBlaster type
> probes, but because of the DDoS attack that was scheduled to happen on
> some given date against the Windowsupdate server(s). These servers were
> simply relocated to prevent these systems to be made unavailable to
> legitimate users in the event that the DDoS attack would take place.
> That fact that Akamai uses Linux to host their stuff is irrelevant. It's
> simply the one of the largest commercial content service provider
> around, and they were able to accommodate Microsofts request.
> Lars M. Hansen
I wouldn't say that Akamai's use of Linux is all so
irrelevant. Microsoft makes their own supposedly high
end caching/firewall product called ISA Server -- where
was that in all this? It's suppose to be competing with
the like of Akamai's stuff and is allegedly used to
protect Microsoft's servers, so you would think that
Microsoft would have sufficient clout to get some
content delivery service, Akamai or whoever, to use ISA
for political reasons if nothing else. Akamai reportedly
uses a bank of about 2000 Linux computers for content
services. 2000 PC's would normally be a lot for most
businesses, but that's a trivial amount for a company
So why does Microsoft have to rely on Linux-based systems
for serious problems, with the Blaster issue being just
the latest? Well, there are a few good reads here:
In other words, Windows in any flavor simply isn't ready
to play in the big leagues.