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Wired: Hurricane Season Outlook: Linux

Jun 23, 2000, 12:46 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Finley)

"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 weather.com, said."

"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."

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