Microsoft Goes With Flow on IIS

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2000-12-18 Print this article Print

There's some sincere flattery of Linux going on at Microsoft these days.

Theres some sincere flattery of Linux going on at Microsoft these days. As we wrote in these pages in August, a prototype version of Tux, Red Hats kernel-level Web server and cache, blew away all other contenders in SPECweb99 Web benchmark tests, including Microsofts IIS (Internet Information Server) Web server, which ran at about 40 percent of Tuxs speed—a huge difference.

Microsoft took those results to heart. I was in Redmond last month for briefings and learned about the new architecture planned for IIS 6.0, the Web server that will ship in Whistler, the follow-on operating system to Windows 2000.

Lo and behold, IIS 6.0 has been totally redesigned as a kernel-level Web server and cache. When I asked IIS 6.0 Program Manager Bill Staples if these changes were in response to the SPECweb results, he said Microsoft was aware of the Linux numbers and was hoping to do better in the future. Given the effort that must be required to implement this major rearchitecture of IIS 6.0, thats got to be the understatement of the quarter.

Red Hat started shipping Tux earlier this quarter with a prerelease version of the Linux 2.4 kernel, which Tux requires. Red Hat is supporting this early build of the kernel for use with Tux.

Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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