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Dec132007

un-article: the setup behind microsoft.com

On the blogs.technet.com article on microsoft.com's infrastructure:
The article reads like a blatant ad for it's own products, and is light on the technical side.

The juicy bits are here, so you know what the fuss is about:
  • Cytrix Netscaler (= loadbalancer with various optimizations)

  • W2K8 + IIS7 and antivirus software on the webservers

  • 650GB/day ISS log files

  • 8-9GBit/s (unknown if CDN's are included)

  • Simple network filtering: stateless access lists blocking unwanted ports on the routers/switches (hence the debated "no firewalls" claim).


Note that this information may not reflect present reality very well; the spokesman appears to be reciting others words.

Reader Comments (9)

It appears they pulled the post. Someone at MS must not have been pleased with either the content of the post or the reaction it was getting. I'd love to see a copy of it if anyone has a pointer.

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It's IIS, not ISS.. sending bits to space and back would suck.

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

It was indeed a typo, not a suble jab at IIS performance/latency ;-)

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterJoris

I couldn't recover it from my firefox cache, but it wasn't very pretty.
In my opinion it was either some very naive journalism or just a plug for their os/webserver system and the "no firewalls" line...

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterJoris

Cytrix? Did you mean Citrix?

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The original article seems to have been pulled down, however a mirror is still available:

http://www.networkmirror.com/EVCMz0uDTZ3L1XPV/blogs.technet.com/jeffa36/archive/2007/12/13/microsoft-com-what-s-the-story.aspx.html

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

Thanks, I updated the link. And they certainly had a firewall as port blocking and DDOS filtering is pretty firewallish to me.

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterTodd Hoff

I would doubt it was "Citrix", but I am curious about their load-balancers..

I'd like to see information on how many hits each server is actually able to handle.

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Dustin Puryear
Author, Best Practices for Managing Linux and UNIX Servers
http://www.puryear-it.com/pubs/linux-unix-best-practices

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterDustin Puryear

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November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Matthews

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