Rackspace and New York Internet Most Reliable Hosting Companies In May 2007

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
May 1st - 31st 2007

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Rackspace and , New York Internet are the most reliable hosting companies for May 2007, followed closely by DataPipe, Verio, GoDaddy and Kattare.

With this month's results, Rackspace and New York Internet continue to reinforce their track records as industry leaders in reliability. Rackspace, a managed hosting provider based in San Antonio, Texas led our monthly reliability survey six times in 2006 and twice thus far in 2007. On May 23 the company announced $70 million in financing to support future hardware purchases and expansion of its data center network. New York Internet, a colocation specialist in New York's financial district, makes its 10th appearance atop the leaderboard since 2003.

iPowerWeb is ninth in the May rankings with no downtime, but experienced a major outage yesterday, which affected customer sites as well as the company homepage.

Three of the 10 most most reliable hosts run their web sites on Linux, two on Windows, three on FreeBSD and one on Solaris.

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June 2007 Web Server Survey

In the June 2007 survey we received responses from 122,000,635 sites, an increase of 3.97 million sites from the May survey. This month we have expanded our graph of server software publishers to include Google, primarily due to Blogger's move from Apache to GFE.

The change at Blogger which commenced last month is primarily responsible for the further decline of 2.2% in Apache's headline market share, and most of the larger 7.4% decline in active sites. Although not a server product like Apache or Microsoft-IIS, Google's services are an increasingly popular alternative platform for running a blog or simple web site (googlepages.com), or content that would have formly been hosted on a desktop or networked filesystem (e.g. spreadsheets.google.com).

Google debuts with a 3.99% share of the server market in hostnames, and a 6.59% share in active sites. Most of those sites were previously running on Apache.

This month's data also yields some of the strongest evidence yet of the power shift in web hosting, with search portals and domain registrars experiencing enormous growth while paid hosting specialists lag behind. Microsoft (+532K) and Google (+521K) each gain more than half a million sites, while Go Daddy (+455K) and Demand Media (+245K) continue to amass huge numbers of users on their hosting platforms. This trend, along with the growth of social networks and image/video hosting services, is prompting deals in the hosting industry as providers seek the scale and breadth of services to compete.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - June 2007

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - June 2007

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - June 2007

Top Developers
DeveloperMay 2007PercentJune 2007PercentChange
Apache6608769856.006558829853.76-2.24
Microsoft3717029031.493883603031.830.34
Google27530412.3348727653.991.66
Sun21412521.8122731731.860.05
lighttpd14117881.2014709301.210.01
Zeus4919890.424806980.39-0.03

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Go Daddy Assumes 850,000 RegisterFly Domains

Embattled registrar RegisterFly will transfer 850,000 domain names to GoDaddy.com, the world's largest domain registrar under an agreement brokered by ICANN, the parties announced today. The move will be welcome news to domain owners who have been unable to manage their names since RegisterFly collapsed into financial and management turmoil in February.

"We worked with ICANN to effect a migration of the RegisterFly domains to GoDaddy.com and help those customers left in limbo,” said GoDaddy.com CEO and Founder Bob Parsons. “It’s what many RegisterFly customers asked us to do. After they are moved over to GoDaddy.com, all RegisterFly customers will once again be able to manage and renew their domain names with confidence and will also enjoy the world-class support we provide all our customers. We expect the move to be completed over the next week."

"The RegisterFly situation has been extremely difficult -- first and foremost for registrants, as well as for the entire registry and registrar community," said Dr Paul Twomey, ICANN's President and CEO. "The GoDaddy.com agreement is the best possible solution for RegisterFly customers since it’s a direct and automatic transfer to a competent and experienced customer service oriented organization."

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P2P Networks Hijacked for DDoS Attacks

Peer-to-peer networks are being hijacked to launch an increasing number of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on web sites, according to security researchers and network service providers. In these attacks, large numbers of client computers running P2P software are tricked into requesting a file from the intended target of the DDoS, allowing the attacker to use the P2P network to overwhelm the target site with traffic.

These type of attacks had been discussed in papers by security researchers last year, but began appearing on the Internet in early 2007 and have accelerated in recent weeks, according to Prolexic Technologies, which specializes in DDoS defense. In a May 14 advisory, Prolexic reported an increase in the number and frequency of attacks. "The rash of large P2P attacks we have seen in the last month is a perfect example of how the DDoS problem constantly evolves," said Darren Rennick, CEO of Prolexic. "Until January of this year we had never seen a peer-to-peer network subverted and used for an attack. We now see them constantly being subverted."

The company said as many as 100,000 machines had been used in some of the attacks. The peer-to-peer DDoSes may be attractive to attackers, as they don't require the use of an existing "botnet" of compromised computers.

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Internet Passes 600,000 SSL Sites

Netcraft's SSL Survey has found more than 600,000 SSL sites on the Internet for the first time this month. SSL sites are used by ecommerce sites, online banking and financial services, and other secure online service providers.

Netcraft's survey of SSL sites has now been running for over ten years. The first survey, in November 1996, found just 3,283 sites; since then, the number of SSL sites has had an average compound growth of 65% per annum.

Number of secure sites 1997-2007

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The survey is a good guide to the growth of online trading and services. The survey counts sites by collecting SSL certificates; each distinct, valid SSL certificate is counted in the results. Each SSL certificate typically represents one company's details, and each certificate must be approved by a certificate authority, so the data is typically more consistent and less volatile than other attributes of the Internet's infrastructure.

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U.S. Military Blocks MySpace

The U.S. Department of Defense has begun blocking access to MySpace and YouTube on its network, citing security concerns and the need to prevent the network from being slowed by video traffic. "This is a bandwidth and network management issue," Julie Ziegenhorn, spokeswoman for U.S. Strategic Command, told Stars & Stripes. "We’ve got to have the networks open to do our mission. They have to be reliable, timely and secure."

Many troops stationed overseas use the DoD network to access the Internet, but some others use local providers. Ziegenhorn said the sites were becoming "a drain on the system," but the Stars & Stripes story also mentions security several times. MySpace has been a regular target of phishing scams seeking to steal account credentials. MySpace accounts themselves are of limited value, but can serve as a delivery mechanism for keylogging trojans, capturing home computers that may be used for shopping or online banking as well as social networking. Keylogging trojans would be problematic on computers on a secure military network.

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