Netcraft, an Internet services company based in Bath, England, has gathered data which suggest that Microsoft London Internet Data Center distributes Microsoft content in London using Linux servers.
If the data proves to be correct it would suggest that Microsoft's presence on the Internet relies heavily on the open source OS and its reputation as a stable system providing long uptimes. The simple point of this is that Microsoft uses Akamai Technologies' Internet-wide cacheing system to deliver content to surfers. Akamai, in order to provide the best possible service, have chosen to run Linux.
Netcraft spokesman, Mike Prettejohn claims that the cacheing system is used by the biggest and most well-known Web companies. They would have a hard job avoiding Linux, he said. The spokesman also commented on the necessity of using Linux when planning to reliably deliver content over the Internet while claiming that Microsoft do not offer any similar technology.
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