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CNN.com: Microsoft stands by IIS despite Gartner recommendation

Sep 28, 2001, 13:02 (40 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jaikumar Vijayan)
"...Palo Alto, Calif.-based law firm Fenwick & West LLP is planning on migrating off of its IIS servers to a Linux operating environment running Apache's Web server software.

The decision was prompted by the continuing security concerns related to IIS, said Matt Kesner, the firm's chief technology officer. Also driving the move is cost: It's cheaper to run Apache on Linux than it is it to run IIS, Kesner said.

The law firm escaped being hit by last week's Nimda virus because it had all the appropriate patches in place. But the experience of dealing with a previous IIS-related vulnerability and the continuous effort needed to keep it secure aren't worth it, Kesner said.

Moving to Apache is going to be difficult, and it will offer less functionality than IIS, Kesner predicted. Even so, "we think it is a smaller target," he said. "For whatever reason, virus writers are not targeting Linux and Sun as much as they have been targeting Microsoft."

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