Something that will need to be investigated after this threat period is over is the ability of the various information systems to cope with the load requirements during a period of emergency.
It appears that the DSE site cannot cope with the load whereas the CFA site appears to be handling things a lot better.
- DSE is on a Netware OS based system running Lotus-Domino back end [Netcraft report 21-Jan-2009 ], not the best system for a heavy load
- CFA is on a Windows server 2003 based system running Microsoft-IIS/6.0 [Netcraft report 7-Feb-2009]
- MFB is on a Windows server 2003 based system running Microsoft-IIS/6.0 [Netcraft report 7-Feb-2009]
- SES is on a Solaris 9/10 based system running Lotus-Domino [Netcraft report 7-Feb-2009]
- Victoria Police is on a Windows server 2003/8(?) based system running Microsoft-IIS/6.0 [Netcraft report 7-Feb-2009]
Timely information is a critical requirement for those who have remained to defend their property. Victoria should investigate the use of central clustered systems (as we now have a central fire command centre) and the use of mirror sites when these events are in progress. A Linux/Apache cluster would be a lot more useful in high stress situations that the Netware/Domino behemoth that is more suited to the Department’s Intranet.
An example of a site that copes well with similarl (or greater) high stress periods is the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) site. No surprises to see that it is running Linux/Apache;
- BOM is on a Linux based system running Apache/2.2.3 (Red Hat) [Netcraft report 1-Jan-2009]