[ntp:questions] Re: ntpd and ACTS

Heiko Gerstung heiko.gerstung at meinberg.de
Wed Nov 17 09:01:00 UTC 2004

Hi Walter,

If you are a bank and it may happen that you are going to use the NTP 
time for some other things (besides bounding your colleagues to their 
desks) like database replication, computer forensics and so on, you 
should spend the money for an own stratum 1 reference time server. We 
have a lot of customers in the financial sector and I can say that I 
could not imagine a bank without its own time reference (how do you keep 
your transactions in the correct order?).

Maybe you already have a reliable time source in your organisation?

A dedicated timeserver should be no problem for a bank (regarding the 
costs), otherwise I would be really worried if I was you :-)

Kind regards,

Walter L. Preuninger II wrote:
> "Brad Knowles" <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org> wrote in message
> news:mailman.0.1100131990.54146.questions at lists.ntp.isc.org...
>>At 4:44 PM -0600 2004-11-10, Walter L. Preuninger II wrote:
>>>               Our president does not want any of our internal machines
>>> connected to the internet. In fact, I have to go to a completely
> different
>>> office just to send this.... Only dedicated computers have internet
> access.
>>In those kinds of cases, setting up your own internal time server
>>that is directly connected to a refclock (e.g., GPS,
>>WWV/WWVB/CHU/DCF77, ACTS) is probably the only option you're likely
>>to have available to you.
> Well, I have suggested it, but (and I do understand his resistance). We are
> a bank. And if the internet ever does touch our internal network, we have to
> deal with firewalls (another person, $) and intrustion testing ($$$). The
> intrustion testing is mandated by our regulators.
> Therefore, I want ACTS... even getting a real refclock is out of his price
> range...

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