[LINK] ADSL not up to scratch - Telstra
Fri, 4 Oct 2002 14:28:58 +1000
I think that's precisely the reason for Ballmer's visit.
I can imagine the conversation now:
Steve Ballmer(SB): "Sun-One is just Solaris with JAVA with Web Services."
Telstra Exec (TE): "It's reliable, it's scalable, it's secure, it
clusters, it load balances ... it works."
SB: "But .NET will do all that."
TE: "Sure, when it arrives, when it's debugged, when the security
issues have been worked out, and if we buy all the incidental server
software and licenses."
SB: "You can get do it with Windows 2000 and the like until it's all in place."
TE: "What do you think we've been doing? At the moment our customer
based is very dissatisfied with server reliability and performance
... and a lot of those problems are Windows related."
SB: "Like what?"
TE: "Ever tried to do maintenance on a DNS server that comes to a
screaming halt every time the administrator drops a menu or runs a
SB: "Well you should take the server off-line first."
TE: "Don't have to do that with Sun-One. Ever tried clustering and
load balancing more than 16 servers/CPU's under Windows 2000."
SB: "Create sub-domains."
TE: "Dont have to do that with Sun-One."
SB: "Who'd want to cluster that many servers anyway?"
TE: "We do. We need to cluster a vast number of servers for optimum
performance ... I mean it is a national telecommunications company
for God's sake."
SB: "I repeat, what do you need to cluster so many servers for?"
TE: "Little numbers like network services, web-serving, application
serving, directory services, authentication and PKI, secure
e-commerce ... you know."
SB: "We can do all that under .NET."
TE: "Sure ... when it's all in place, when you've ironed out the
bugs, when ADS is scalable beyond 2 million clients, when we're
prepared to pay the license fees for all the incidental server
software and applications we'll need. With Sun-One we get it all ...
including an application server RAD ... in one. Sure, they cost ...
but the aggravation we've been having trying to run a major public
WAN using MS software in the past has convinced us we need to convert
SB: "OK ... we'll offer you 50% off all licensing, a support
agreement you wouldn't believe, access to all server software
necessary to make it work without cost ... and I'll pay for this
TE: "Sold. It's great to be back in MS's capable hands."
At 1:20 PM +1000 4/10/2002, Rick Welykochy wrote:
>Frank O'Connor wrote:
>> The network server performance seems to be getting more reliable, and
>> the service has been pretty good for the last month or two (I don't
>> really care whether or not I can access Telstra's Web site when its
>> Web servers fall over, and Telstra seems to be going for a Sun-One
>> solution to address this continuing reliability problem) ... touch
>> wood. :)
>Perhaps Balmer's visit to Telstra will be too little too late, if Telstra
>have recognised server reliability problems and are already fixing them
>with alternative OS implementations.
>Rick Welykochy || Praxis Services
>That that is is that that is not is not.
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