Earlier this month 1&1 Internet extended its operations into the US opening a datacenter in St. Louis, and launching its services with a shared hosting plan that is free for the first three years.
As often, opinions in the hosting forums are all over the place on the impact of 1&1’s offer, ranging from” the end of the American hosting industry as we’ve known it” to “they’ll close within a year”.
It was surprising how many people in the US hosting industry simply hadn’t heard of 1&1. In terms of hostnames found by the Web Server Survey, 1&1 is the largest hoster in the world by a margin, and hosts fully 18% of the hostnames in Europe, making it plain why they felt the need to expand into the US.(more...)
Ranking by Fewest Failed Requests,
September 1st - September 30th
After August, which contained the Blaster Worm, the SoBig Virus, and the North East US/Canada power outage, September was a much more benign month for the internet, with the top two sites showing remarkable reliability.
Just one of the 2976 requests made from our five performance measurement points to the British Telecom site failed, and only two out of 2976 requests failed to the Dell Host site.
These are the most reliable statistics that have been posted to date on a calendar month basis, and also the first time that a site running Windows has been placed top.(more...)
In the October 2003 survey we received responses from 43,700,759 sites.
Developer September 2003 Percent October 2003 Percent Change Apache 27836622 64.52 28235972 64.61 0.09 Microsoft 10156289 23.54 10252227 23.46 -0.08 SunONE 1501241 3.48 1528090 3.50 0.02 Zeus 742950 1.72 735179 1.68 -0.04
Since Verisign wildcarded the .com and .net Top Level Domains [TLDs], some people have become concerned that this might pollute the results of the Web Server Survey, eventually reaching the situation when 99.9% of the hostnames found are running Linux and Apache - Verisign's platform of choice for the site to which they redirect otherwise unresolved requests.
However, Verisign was not the first TLD operator to think of wildcarding their domains, and we already maintain a mechanism for preventing hostnames that resolve to the ip addresses of these wildcarding systems from being included in the survey. (more...)
Both Apache and Microsoft have significant events scheduled during the next few weeks. Apachecon takes place November 16-19th in Las Vegas, and features tutorials and presentations by many of the Apache core team. Meanwhile, Microsoft has arranged a series of technical seminars at locations throughout Europe during October aimed at ISPs, hosting companies, and people running large scale Microsoft-IIS deployments.
Windows 2003 continues to increase in total hostname and active sites, with the number of active sites growing 109% to 185K since July 2003.
Largest Microsoft Windows Server 2003
hosting companies by Active sites, Sept 2003
Company Active Sites Myhosting.com 32,810 Fasthosts 22,949 AdvancedAccess 10,439 Interland 8,066 1&1 Internet 6,027 InterNed Services 5,229 GMO 5,113 ViaWest 4,099
Myhosting.com continues to be the top hoster of active Windows Server 2003 sites, and now has over 98% of their active sites migrated to Windows 2003.
Comparing the sites which are now hosted on Windows 2003 with their operating system in January 2003 shows over 42% of these to be new sites, 49% (153K) to be upgrades from other Windows platforms (mainly Windows 2000), 5% (16.5K) to be migrations from Linux and 1% from FreeBSD (3K) and 1% from Solaris (2.5K).
Notably, the number of sites switching from Linux has proportionately kept pace since July when many commentators thought the 5% of sites switched to Windows 2003 from Linux was an aberration.