Relevant (was :Re: [offtopic]Re: [svlug] I guess this means war)
Christopher William Wesley
cwwesley at udlug.org
Tue Sep 11 10:58:01 PDT 2001
What's very interesting is how so many people are taking to the Internet
for recent news updates. Looking at cnn.com, washingtonpost.com,
msnbc.com, nytimes.com, and usatoday.com ... they're bogged down, if
available at all, like the rest of the Internet is not worthy of visiting.
You've probably already noticed the very wise decision by all these sites
to take down advertising, stip out almost all other content, and only
serve up what the world is looking for. Having high-availability server
farms to handle the extreme load is key. I'm sure some of their Ops
members are pop'n in an extra server or two, or a dozen, to handle the
load, replacing switches, replacing load-balancers, finding any way to
reduce their traffic as it increases, etc. Having a content management
process that quickly transitions from your pretty ad-driven site into
rapidly updated news source is another key. As an admin of high
availability server farms, what do you do when your current availability
isn't good enough, and the whole world has eyes on you? You can't fold.
I hope we get to hear/learn a bit from what the admins and network
engineers had to do to cope with this. It's not your normal slashdotting.
I also can't help but wonder if news sites are under any form of attacks,
other than increased use by legit visitors.
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On Tue, 11 Sep 2001, Russ Emerson wrote:
> Steve M Bibayoff wrote:
> > George Bonser <george at shorelink.com> wrote:
> > > There is only one organization with the means to pull this off.
> > > Osama Bin
> > > Laden has to go.
> > This is speculation and seriously OFF-TOPIC.
> Sure. To tie it back to the LUG, the question to be answered is:
> Is there something the Linux community can do to help? Out here in
> Raleigh, we're already seeing (in various fora) calls for blood
> donation, for instance.
> OK, so it's not Linux/open source, or even technical. So sue me.
> Russ Emerson http://www.emersons.net/russ/
> If I were creating a world I wouldn't mess about with butterflies and
> daffodils. I would've started with lasers--eight o' clock, day one.
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