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LinuxMall.com: Linux Ready for Stormy Weather

Jun 23, 2000, 18:36 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

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"Hurricane season is coming, and weather.com, a.k.a. the Weather Channel's online counterpart, has its hatches battened down with Big Blue Linux. The deployment of Netfinity running Linux occurred last week, said Mark Ryan, weather.com's CTO, and is part of a multifunction server that continues to run many of its functions on Sun. The images, maps and advertising, however, have been ported to Red Hat Enterprise Edition Linux on IBM's Netfinity."

"The importance of the images and maps is not lost on Ryan. "Every page that we serve has some sort of an image on it, and the image is probably the largest volume contributor on a page as far as bits and bytes go," he said. "Obviously it had to be fast," Ryan continued. "Maps tend to be a flat-file type of environment, so it had to be a platform that served up flat-file function very fast."

"...in the Atlanta area, Sun Solaris skills are very hard to find," he explained. "So we went back and said, `what are they teaching at the colleges,' and `what is the next-generation workforce coming out with a skill-set in?' And it turned out to be Linux."

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