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Re: Ethical DDoS drone network
From: "Bill Stewart" <nonobvious () gmail com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:46:52 -0800

On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 4:11 PM, Roland Dobbins <rdobbins () cisco com> wrote:
In my experience, once one has an understanding of the performance envelopes
and has built a lab which contains examples of the functional elements of
the system (network infrastructure, servers, apps, databases, clients, et.
al.), one can extrapolate pretty accurately well out to orders of magnitude.

It's one of those things where the difference between theory and practice
is smaller in theory than it is in practice, though...
But yeah, sometimes things like load balancers fail, or
routers run out of table space, or whatever.
I've had enough enterprise customers worry about what will happen to
their VPN sites if some neighborhood kid annoys his gamer buddies and
gets a few Gbps of traffic to knock down their DSLAM and its upstream feeds
or whatever.

The problem is that many organizations don't do the above prior to freezing
the design and initiating deployment.

Back in the mid-90s I had one networking software development customer that
had a room with 500 PCs on racks, and some switches that would let them
dump groups of 50s of them together with whatever server they were testing.
That was a lot more impressive back then when PCs were full-sized devices that
needed keyboards and monitors (grouped on KVMs, at least),
as opposed to being 1Us or blades or virtual machines.

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             Thanks;     Bill

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