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Re: Whatever happened to intelligence in the applicattion [Was: Re:The Qo s PipeDream]

  • From: Sean Donelan
  • Date: Fri Dec 16 10:41:07 2005

On Fri, 16 Dec 2005, Fergie wrote:
> Doesn't anyone really remember the whole smart-v.-stupid network
> analogy? Not meaning to start a flame war here, but trying to stick
> all of the intelligence back into the network is not exactly a win-win
> proposal.

Trying to stick it all in the application is not exactly a win-win
proposal either.  The problem with religious dogma is it leads to
a lot of burning people at the stake, for more stupid analogies.

Finding the right blend of what applications can do well, what the network
can do well, and how they interact is the challange.

For example, smart applications don't handle DDOS attacks very well, and
regardless of how much network capacity you provision, there is always a
DDOS that is bigger.