"...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,
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