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Battling The Bot Nation
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6/25/2014 | 9:53:13 AM
Re: Time to Upgrade Your DB and Search Engine
I'd have to agree with Christian. As it stands there doesn't seem to be a particularly good way of mass shutting down botnets apart from cutting them off at the source. Individual machine infections are down to the owner to fix, so if retailers are getting hit, keeping your database in order and up to date is probably the safest bet. 
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6/25/2014 | 1:15:59 AM
Time to Upgrade Your DB and Search Engine
One thing to consider from this article is that, if bots are so pervasive and right now they are a given in the ecosystem, perhaps one way to battle them is to improve upon your database hardware, software, schemas and query code. If your marketplace can't survive a 20% bot load where that activity is affecting your human customers, it may be a sign to upgrade your database and search engine. This is the age of fast databases that run at teraflops speed on economy hardware. With Hadoop and related search/database applications out there (open source, no less), sites can certainly do better. Granted, that's not a permanent solution to the growing problem cited in the article, but retailers need to also make changes where able to their technology to lighten the load and keep bot activity from being a problem as much as possible.


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