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Microsoft's New Search Service Protected By Penguin

Nov 12, 2004, 16:45 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

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By Brian Proffitt
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[ Thanks to dom for this tip. ]

While Microsoft touts to anyone who will listen the virtures of its software, it still relies on the Linux operating system to protect its Web presence.

According to Netcraft.com, a search on the beta.search.msn.com domain reveals that Linux is indeed the operating system chosen to run on Microsoft's outsourced DNS servers.

The servers are owned by Akamai, which Microsoft has used in the past. Microsoft has changed the DNS of its Web sites so requests for pages are dealt with by Akamai cache servers--which primarily uses Linux-based servers.

Microsoft's regular use of Akamai started last year, when the Microsoft.com domain came under heavy DDOS attack. At that time, Microsoft faced the choice of taking down their sites to weather storms caused by the notorious Blaster worm or using connection service providers that would protect their domains for them.

Thus, the use of Akamai again for Microsoft's new search service is hardly surprising. Given past history, Microsoft's beta search engine is likely to attract more than just user and critical attention in the days to come.

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