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Re: Ethical DDoS drone network
From: David Barak <thegameiam () yahoo com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 09:25:36 -0800 (PST)

--- On Tue, 1/6/09, Justin Shore <justin () justinshore com> wrote:
David Barak wrote:
Consider for a moment a large retail chain, with
several hundred or a couple thousand locations.  How big a
lab should they have before deciding to roll out a new
network something-or-other?  Should their lab be 1:10 scale?
 A more realistic figure is that they'll consider
themselves lucky to be between 1:50 and 1:100, and that lab
is probably understaffed at best.  Having a dedicated lab
manager is often seen as an expensive luxury, and many
businesses don't have the margin to support it.

At the very least they should have a complete mock location
(for an IT perspective) in a lab.  Identical copies of all
local servers and a carbon copy of their official template
network.  This is how AOL does it.  Every change is tested
in the mock remote site before the official template is
changed and the template is pushed out to all the production

I don't disagree at all: that is a straightforward way to anticipate *most* problems.  What is does not and cannot 
validate is whether there is a scaling issue, and this is what doing "live" testing does give you.  

David Barak
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