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CRN: ASPs Turn To Linux, Even Without 99.99% Availability

Jul 03, 2000, 12:41 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Bochner)

"Many ASPs and other companies in the new economy are turning to Linux for their Internet infrastructure . . . even though, when it comes to achieving high availability in enterprise computing, "Linux is not there yet," said Jon "maddog" Hall last week at PC Expo."

"ASPs and ISPs can achieve high availability through the use of multiple Linux systems, creating a cluster in which a particular Web server can be designated for use, according to Hall. He said he expects Linux to have the high availability functionality necessary for enterprise computing by 2002."

"In the meantime, Linux is being increasingly used for Web servers because it is crash-resistant and not prone to virus attacks. For instance, Bolzern recalled the Ping of Death, a denial-of-service attack in 1996 that flooded network servers and caused many networks to crash. "Once the Linux community figured out what was going on, a fix was uploaded for Linux in a matter of hours," Bolzern said. "The next one to create a fix was Digital Equipment and that came three weeks later."

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