1&1 Internet AG is the world's largest hosting company, with 3.5 million hostnames and 1.7 million active sites. On Jan. 22nd, 1&1 will officially launch its US hosting unit, having attracted tens of thousands of users with a pre-launch promotion offering three years of free hosting. 1&1 CEO Andreas Gauger recently shared his thinking on the company's US market entry and the state of the hosting industry. Gauger founded Schlund in 1995, which was bought by 1&1 in 1998. (more...)
Tim Berners-Lee was knighted in the Queen's New Year's Honours list. The BBC has a short story and biography.
Sun Microsystems is phasing out Cobalt, the line of Linux-based hosting appliances it purchased for $2 billion at the height of the Internet boom. Sun has set an end-of-life date of Feb. 19 for its last remaining Cobalt product, the RaQ 550 server, but will continue to provide support and security updates for three years. The decision to discontinue Cobalt, announced Sept. 1, presents a challenge for numerous hosting companies that filled their racks with the distinctive blue server appliances.
The number of sites on Cobalt has declined since August 2002, when it reached its peak of 3.1 million hostnames and 942K active sites. Our November hosting survey found Linux-Cobalt serving 871K hostnames and 527K active sites.(more...)
Netcrafts latest hosting provider server count of web facing servers shows that computer growth has fallen below its long term monthly growth of 2.6% to 1.4%.
The chart below shows that since March 2001 IP address counts have not increased significantly, while computers have broadly sustained an increasing trend, other than for the Code Red and Nimda dip in 2001. This primarily reflects increased use of HTTP 1.1 virtual hosting which can share an IP address. Since the survey started in 1999, IP addresses have not quite doubled, while computer numbers have more than quadrupled. Since March 2001 computer numbers have increased 84.3%, yet IP addresses only by 7.9%.
The methodology is described in the Hosting Provider Server Count.
We will be shortly be publishing some question and answer interviews on news.netcraft.com featuring some of the well known people in the web services and hosting industries. Please let us have some interesting questions for the people below.
- Graham Weston, Rackspace
Graham is CEO of Rackspace, one of the companies to pioneer dedicated hosting.
- Rasmus Lerdorf, PHP
Creator of PHP.
- Jim Gray, Microsoft Research
1999 Turing Award winner, creator of the TerraServer and Skyserver websites, and manager of Microsoft's Bay Area Reseach Center.
- Andreas Gauger, 1&1
CEO of 1&1, the world's largest hosting company with 3.4 Million hostnames and 1.8 Million active sites.
- Mark Cox, Red Hat
Director of Security, Red Hat, and cofounder of the Apache and OpenSSL projects.
- Graham Weston, Rackspace
A table of the top Windows Server 2003 Hosters is provided as an excerpt from our Hosting Provider Server Count.
Top Windows Server 2003 Hosters October 03
by Web Facing Server Count
Parent Company Computers Active Sites Hostnames EV1Servers 193 1,001 1,481 ServerBeach 176 1,508 3,053 1&1 Internet AG 136 7,388 17,187 Rackspace 92 606 1,617
The survey shows over 3,700 Windows Server 2003 servers already deployed worldwide in hosting environments, growing from 250 in March of this year, with some 17,000 in self hosted environments.
The largest collection of hostnames on Windows 2003 is being run by eNom, a domain registrar based in Bellevue, near Microsoft's headquarters. However, it is interesting that the dedicated providers such as EV1Servers and ServerBeach appear to have sold more Win2003 machines than companies with a big installed base of Windows 2000 servers. In particular, EV1Servers has only been offering Windows as an option since August. EV1Servers and ServerBeach are growing at such a rate that it is not inconcievable that they could maintain the lead, even as the traditional Win2000 hosting companies migrate their customers over to the new operating system.