Re: [ISN] Microsoft Hotmail still runs on U**x

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Date: Wed Dec 19 2001 - 22:32:11 PST

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    Forwarded from: Our good friend, Anonymous...
    They actually have more than FreeBSD on the backend. The majority of
    BSD was on their front end. The big iron storing all the mail messages
    and user databases is solidly sitting on a number of Solaris boxes.
    At 02:35 AM 12/13/2001 -0600, you wrote:
    > By Andrew Orlowski
    > Posted: 12/12/2001 at 13:51 GMT
    > Microsoft admits it still hasn't upgraded its Hotmail system to
    > Windows, almost four years after embarking on the task, and
    > fifteen months after the first load balancing machines began to be
    > shifted to Windows 2000 from FreeBSD.
    > The snippet emerged in the latest pissing contest between Oracle
    > and Microsoft, the details of which are too boring to go into
    > here, because you've heard them so many times before.
    > But a Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters yesterday that Hotmail
    > is the only Microsoft system that runs on U**x, and that the
    > migration is still in progress. A check with Netcraft shows that
    > Hotmail's front edge servers do indeed run Windows 2000, so
    > Microsoft can faithfully claim that the "web site runs Windows",
    > as it did yesterday. But the infrastructure is still stored on BSD
    > kit. How much we're not sure, but when we receive hard numbers,
    > we'll tell you.
    > The Hotmail migration is becoming the IT equivalent of
    > painting-the-Forth-bridge, evidently. Once you've think you've
    > finished migrating one end, more FreeBSD boxes reappear at the
    > other. So you have to start all over again.
    > Register Bridgenote: We're pretty sure the idiom refers to the
    > older Forth Railway Bridge, although the Forth Road Bridge, opened
    > in 1964, also requires represents a Herculean paint-job. In any
    > case, here's a page about the very lovely Forth Railway Bridge,
    > one of the wonders of the world.
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