GPO servers withstand demand for Microsoft decision

GPO servers withstand demand for Microsoft decision

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

JUNE 9'Government Web servers on Wednesday stood up to the demand for U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's final decision in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case.

In fact, traffic on the Web site for the documents ordering the breakup of Microsoft into two companies was lighter than for previous announcements in the long court case, said Mike Bright, an electronic products development specialist for the Government Printing Office.

The text of Jackson's order, available in both Hypertext Markup Language and Portable Document Format, went up on the Web site of the District Court for the District of Columbia, usvms.gpo.gov, at 4:30 p.m. EDT, just as U.S. financial markets closed for the day.

During the first half-hour after the release, the Web site garnered 40,000 hits and sent out a total of 10.1G of data over the Internet, Bright said. The site registered a maximum of 200 simultaneous hits.

The site uses 15 Compaq Alpha 1200A servers connected to a BIG-IP load balancer from F5 Networks Inc. of Seattle, Bright said. The load balancer ensures that each connection attempt goes to the most available server at the time of the attempt.

The GPO network has four T1 lines and is in the process of getting an OC-3 line, Bright said.

The antitrust case contrasts with the September 1998 release of independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr's report on his investigation of President Clinton [see GCN story at www.gcn.com/archives/gcn/1998/September21/3a.htm]. Demand for the Starr report severely overwhelmed government servers over the weekend following its release.

Links to Jackson's decision also appeared yesterday on the Web site of the Superintendent of Documents of the Government Printing Office, www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/, and on the Justice Department's page devoted to the Microsoft case, www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/ms_index.htm.

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