Rackspace and ZeroLag Communications are the Most Reliable Hosting Companies in September 2008

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
September 1st – 30th 2008

Rank Company site OS Outage
hh:mm:ss
Failed
Req%
DNS Connect First
byte
Total
1 Rackspace Linux    0.000  0.001 0.052 0.103 0.103
2 ZeroLag Communications Linux    0.000  0.138 0.114 0.230 0.231
3 DataPipe unknown  0:00:00  0.005  0.010 0.015 0.030 0.047
4 www.green.ch F5 Big-IP  0:00:00  0.005  0.186 0.121 0.297 0.661
5 INetU unknown  0:00:00  0.010  0.001 0.044 0.094 0.229
6 www.reliableservers.com unknown  0:00:00  0.010  0.001 0.057 0.128 0.186
7 www.swishmail.com unknown  0:00:00  0.015  0.001 0.049 0.099 0.264
8 www.he.net Linux  0:00:00  0.015  0.002 0.052 0.110 0.164
9 Pair Networks FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.015  0.004 0.063 0.130 0.324
10 www.hosteurope.de Linux  0:00:00  0.015  0.026 0.121 0.980 1.576

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Rackspace and ZeroLag Communications are the most reliable hosting company sites for September 2008. These are the only two sites that responded to every request made by Netcraft's performance collectors throughout the month.

Rackspace specialises in managed hosting and is well known for its promise of Fanatical Support. This is Rackspace's first appearance at the top spot this year, but the company also featured within the top ten for three months in a row between April and June.

ZeroLag Communications states that it uses high-performance technology to deliver hosting solutions for businesses who don't want to wait. The company derives its name from this aspect — the lack of lag, or delay, when users download email or web pages. Besides offering virtual hosting, dedicated servers and colocation, ZeroLag also provides T1 and T3 internet connections, web development services and security consulting. This is also ZeroLag's first appearance at the top spot this year, having made it into the top 10 in both June and July.

Last month's most reliable hosting company site, Hurricane Electric, appears in 7th place this month.

Both Rackspace and ZeroLag Communications run Linux on their main sites. Two other companies within the top ten also use Linux, while green.ch uses F5 BIG IP and pair Networks uses FreeBSD.

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Citigroup Phishing surged after Wachovia Announcement

American financial services company Citigroup suffered a deluge of phishing attacks after Monday's news that it intended to acquire the banking operations of Wachovia Corporation.

The credit crisis has triggered a number of acquisitions in recent months, and fraudsters have previously tried to exploit such events by orchestrating phishing attacks against the acquiring companies. One motivation for these types of attack is the increased chance of success when potential victims have less familiarity with the genuine website that is being fraudulently mimicked.

However, the timing of this week's attacks may be coincidental — and subsequently Wachovia has announced that it will instead merge with Wells Fargo.

Citigroup phishing

Netcraft offers a countermeasures service to help banks and other financial organizations take down phishing sites. This service complements Netcraft's Phishing, Identity Theft and Bank Fraud Detection service and its free Anti-Phishing Toolbar.

September 2008 Web Server Survey

In the September 2008 survey we received responses from 181,277,835 sites. Of the 4.5 million sites that have been gained this month, more than three-quarters are using Apache.

Many of the new Apache sites are hosted at ThePlanet.com, which alone saw growth of 2.6 million sites. As has been the trend for the past few months, hundreds of thousands of the new sites at ThePlanet.com are link farms hosted on Polish (.pl) domain names and contain little more than pornographic text links to other sites within the same domain.

Further down the field, Resin grows significantly this month and is now found powering 343 thousand sites, making Resin the 12th most popular web server in the world. Resin is an application server product from Caucho Technology, which produces high performance open source Java and PHP solutions. Most of the new Resin-powered sites appeared at Panther IT Services, hosted in the Netherlands using .tk domains (Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand). Many of these sites use framesets to display TiKinet text link adverts at the top of the site's content.

SmugMug now contributes more than 18 thousand Apache sites to the Netcraft survey. These sites have the form nickname.smugmug.com and are used by SmugMug customers to display and sell their photographs via SmugMug's secure checkout.

SmugMug demonstrates an interesting mix of technologies, with the sites being hosted using the F5 BIG-IP device, and with more than half a petabyte of data being stored using Amazon S3. SmugMug also makes use of Amazon EC2 to process its customers' high resolution photos and videos. SmugMug has a partnership with Go Daddy to let power users register custom domain names which can be used to point to their galleries.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - September 2008

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - September 2008

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - September 2008

Top Developers
DeveloperAugust 2008PercentSeptember 2008PercentChange
Apache88,047,80149.82%91,425,29550.43%0.62
Microsoft61,646,83734.88%62,374,82334.41%-0.47
Google10,502,2995.94%10,076,4055.56%-0.38
lighttpd2,914,8671.65%3,095,9281.71%0.06

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Hurricane Electric is the Most Reliable Hosting Company in August 2008

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
August 1st – 31st 2008

Rank Company site OS Outage
hh:mm:ss
Failed
Req%
DNS Connect First
byte
Total
1 www.he.net Linux  0:00:00  0.00  0.001 0.053 0.111 0.164
2 DataPipe unknown  0:00:00  0.01  0.002 0.014 0.029 0.045
3 www.godaddy.com Windows Server 2003  0:00:00  0.01  0.054 0.041 0.264 0.264
4 INetU unknown  0:00:00  0.01  0.038 0.044 0.237 0.383
5 New York Internet FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.01  0.002 0.047 0.096 0.245
6 www.swishmail.com unknown  0:00:00  0.01  0.001 0.061 0.123 0.340
7 www.web.com Windows 2000  0:00:00  0.01  0.110 0.074 0.185 0.621
8 Hosting 4 Less Linux  0:00:00  0.01  0.067 0.080 0.164 0.365
9 www.datasync.com Linux  0:00:00  0.02  0.001 0.050 0.116 0.167
10 Verio Linux  0:00:00  0.02  0.067 0.076 0.152 0.152

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Hurricane Electric is the most reliable hosting company site for August 2008.

Hurricane Electric is an internet backbone and colocation provider based in Fremont, CA. The company specializes in colocation, dedicated servers, direct internet connections and web hosting using its own network, which uses multiple OC192s, OC48s and gigabit ethernet. Starting off in a garage in 1994, the company now owns serveral datacenters, including a 200,000 square foot facility in Fremont. Hurricane Electric was previously the most reliable hosting company in November 2007

Four of this month's top hosting companies run Linux on their main sites, including Hurricane Electric.

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August 2008 Web Server Survey

In the August 2008 survey we received responses from 176,748,506 sites. This month's overall growth of 1.3 million sites reflects Apache's growth of 1.2 million and Google's gain of half a million sites, but a loss of 760 thousand sites using Microsoft IIS.

Aside from Apache's and Google's leading growth, Igor Sysoev's nginx shows the next largest gain, climbing by 170 thousand sites to a new total of 2.4 million and retaining its position as the 5th largest web server vendor.

LiteSpeed also shows strong growth this month, more than tripling the number of sites that run on this web server. Most of this growth is seen at the German company Hetzner Online, which remains the largest host of LiteSpeed sites. LiteSpeed is now used by 160 thousand sites around the world, which has taken it up to be the 16th most popular web server.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - August 2008

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - August 2008

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - August 2008

Top Developers
DeveloperJuly 2008PercentAugust 2008PercentChange
Apache86,845,15449.49%88,047,80149.82%0.33
Microsoft62,411,53735.57%61,646,83734.88%-0.69
Google10,001,7635.70%10,502,2995.94%0.24
lighttpd2,942,4691.68%2,914,8671.65%-0.03

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Verio is the Most Reliable Hosting Company Site in July 2008

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
July 1st – 31st 2008

Rank Company site OS Outage
hh:mm:ss
Failed
Req%
DNS Connect First
byte
Total
1 Verio Linux    0.00  0.099 0.097 0.195 0.195
2 webhosting.tiscali.it Linux  0:00:00  0.00  0.024 0.068 0.139 0.167
3 www.hosteurope.de Linux  0:00:00  0.01  0.011 0.052 0.629 0.905
4 www.reliableservers.com unknown  0:00:00  0.01  0.013 0.062 0.163 0.225
5 www.acens.com Linux  0:00:00  0.01  0.005 0.067 0.328 0.474
6 New York Internet FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.01  0.023 0.083 0.145 0.293
7 INetU unknown  0:00:00  0.01  0.016 0.099 0.205 0.466
8 ZeroLag Communications Linux  0:00:00  0.01  0.134 0.103 0.211 0.212
9 iWeb.com Linux  0:00:00  0.01  0.005 0.106 0.212 0.212
10 www.godaddy.com Windows Server 2003  0:00:00  0.01  0.179 0.130 0.268 0.268

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Verio is the most reliable hosting company site for July 2008, closely followed by Tiscali.

Verio offers a complete collection of web hosting services, including domain registration, web design, marketing, shared hosting, dedicated servers and virtual and managed private servers. Prior to being sold to NTT in 2000, Verio's initial growth was achieved by raising funds to purchase more than 45 ISPs, web hosting companies and e-commerce companies from around the world. Verio continues to operate as an NTT Communications company.

Tiscali appears in second place this month 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. Tiscali had the most reliable hosting company site in February this year.

Six of July's top ten hosting companies run Linux on their main sites, including Verio and Tiscali. New York Internet uses FreeBSD, while Go Daddy uses Windows Server 2003.

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