Wired: Hurricane Season Outlook: Linux
Jun 23, 2000, 12:46 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Finley)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"Aware that bad weather means heavy traffic, the Weather
Channel's Web site, weather.com, is battening down its hatches and
switching to Linux-based IBM servers. The site is changing to
a new architecture that utilizes specialized hardware for each
function it offers, Angela Herndon, public relations manager of
"Today we have images, content, Web servers, and ads all running
on multifunction boxes," Herndon said. "Our new architecture will
have several layers with separate hardware for each function.
Our image servers will now be running on 700 Mhz IBM Netfinity
boxes running Apache Web servers, under the Linux operating
system. The price point is very competitive and the
performance is excellent."
"Herndon also said that Linux is well suited to horizontal
scalability, allowing weather.com to easily and quickly increase
the number of visitors it can handle. Adverse weather typically
drives the number of weather.com visitors from an average of 4-5
million per day to over 25 million per day."