new location for xml.shavlik.com – FYI

WHO MAY BE AFFECTED: Shavlik customers who have modified their firewalls for outbound access to xml.shavlik.com

Dear Shavlik Customers:

In order to continue to provide you with the highest service levels possible, Shavlik has upgraded its xml server web farm.  This upgrade will help ensure that Shavlik data files are always available to you when you need them.

As a result of this upgrade, the Internet Protocol (IP) address for xml.shavlik.com will be changing.  Begining on Saturday, December 1st, the DNS entry for the xml.shavlik.com server farm will be changed to 66.179.200.146.

For most customers, this change will not impact normal Shavlik product usage. However, for customers who have modified their firewalls for outbound IP access to xml.shavlik.com, a change may be required on the firewall to enable connectivity to this new IP address.

To assist customers with this transition, the xml.shavlik.com servers at their current IP address (216.182.10.4) will be updated and available through December 31st, 2007. From today through December 31st 2007, XML files will be available from both the new and the old IP addresses.

Shavlik encourages customers who have opened outbound firewall access to xml.shavlik.com to modify their firewalls to allow access to this new IP address before the DNS change is made on December 1st.

If you have any questions about the XML server farm move or the IP address switch, please contact Shavlik support at support@shavlik.com or 866-407-5279 (intl: +1-651-407-5279).

Linux and MS server markets

I thought this trend was interesting (assuming IDC got it right), I was not aware that Microsoft has 70% of the server markets and Linux markes may be shrinking

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2207368,00.asp

“The annual rate at which Linux is growing in the x86 server space has fallen from around 53 percent in 2003, when Windows Server growth was in the mid-20 percent range, to a negative 4 percent growth in calendar year 2006, IDC Quarterly Server Tracker figures show.”

“In 2000, Windows comprised about half of the server operating system market, followed by Unix and Netware at about 17 percent each and Linux reaching towards 10 percent, she said, noting that today Windows owns about 70 percent, Linux about 20 percent, with Unix below 10 percent and Netware barely registering.”