August 2012 Web Server Survey

In the August 2012 survey we received responses from 628,170,204 sites, a decrease of 38M sites since last month's survey.

Once again, this month's drop comes as a result of improvements to the survey's handling of wildcard hostnames, with over 40M hostnames on only 242 IP addresses being removed from the Survey. This has again had a negative effect on the number of hostnames running on Apache, with 36M hostnames lost, taking its market share down to 59%. This meant that despite Microsoft, nginx and Google losing hostnames (855k, 1.4M and 370k respectively), they all increased their percentage share.

In the Million busiest sites, the situation was reversed. Apache gained 15k sites to lift its share past the 60% threshold. Microsoft, nginx and Google all saw losses, by 4k, 10k and 2k respectively.

6th June 2012 saw the World IPv6 Launch, an event organised to build on World IPv6 Day (held a year ago). This year, the event focused on bringing together major internet technology firms to 'permanently enable IPv6 for their products and services'. The effect of the day was clearly visible in the Survey, with the number of IPv6 enabled hostnames jumping by over 300% from 7M to 30M.

Apple's decision to migrate MobileMe accounts to its new iCloud service has meant that Akamai experienced a 138k drop in active sites in the Survey. The MobileMe service allowed users to publish data to a page on the me.com site or their own domain. The new iCloud services don't offer users the same functionality.





Developer July 2012 Percent August 2012 Percent Change
Apache 409,185,675 61.45% 373,069,751 59.39% -2.06
Microsoft 97,385,377 14.62% 96,529,586 15.37% 0.74
nginx 73,833,173 11.09% 72,429,976 11.53% 0.44
Google 22,931,169 3.44% 22,561,854 3.59% 0.15


Developer July 2012 Percent August 2012 Percent Change
Apache 106,678,260 55.46% 106,374,535 54.96% -0.50
nginx 22,029,549 11.45% 23,821,399 12.31% 0.86
Microsoft 22,848,388 11.88% 22,837,911 11.80% -0.08
Google 16,485,315 8.57% 15,633,265 8.08% -0.49

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Developer July 2012 Percent August 2012 Percent Change
Apache 582,721 58.50% 598,150 60.05% 1.55
Microsoft 137,412 13.79% 133,038 13.36% -0.44
nginx 124,427 12.49% 114,377 11.48% -1.01
Google 33,822 3.40% 31,737 3.19% -0.21