Tiscali Italia is the Most Reliable Hosting Company in February 2008

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
February 1st – 29th 2008

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Tiscali Italia is the most reliable hosting company site for February 2008, closely followed by myhosting.com and Kattare.

Tiscali last made an appearance in the top spot back in September last year and continues to operate its main site from Apache running on a Linux operating system. Tiscali is a European telecommunications company based in Italy and markets its offerings predominantly in Italy, the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Their core business is providing internet access, with two million ADSL subscribers in the UK and Italy.

The Canadian company myhosting.com has been operating since 1997 and now offers web hosting, domain registration services and email hosting. Each of their web hosting packages includes a variety of open source tools and applications such as the WordPress blogging system, the phpBB forum solution and the Gallery 2 photo album organizer.

Kattare has also been serving websites for more than ten years, and derives its name from the Swedish word "Kättare", meaning heretic – rather apt considering their proximity to Microsoft in Redmond and the fact that most of Kattare's servers run Linux or FreeBSD.

Five of February's top ten hosting companies run Linux on their main sites, while three use FreeBSD. myhosting.com and Netcetera both use Windows Server 2003 for their main sites.

Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of fifty leading hosting providers' sites. The performance measurements are made at fifteen minute intervals from separate points around the internet, and averages are calculated over the immediately preceding 24 hour period.

From a customer's point of view, the percentage of failed requests is more pertinent than outages on hosting companies' own sites, as this gives a pointer to reliability of routing, and this is why we choose to rank our table by fewest failed requests, rather than shortest periods of outage.

Further information on the measurement process and current measurements are available.