Ethical DDoS drone network

David Barak thegameiam at
Tue Jan 6 17:25:36 UTC 2009

--- On Tue, 1/6/09, Justin Shore <justin at> 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
>  sites.

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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