Over the last six months Debian has been the fastest growing Linux distribution when measured by counting active sites which contain the name of a Linux distribution in the Apache Server header. In percentage terms Debian is closely followed by SuSE and Gentoo. RedHat has a far greater number of sites but a slower growth rate, and actually fell this month, after making widely publicized and controversial changes to its licencing and security update policy. A distribution name is present in a little over a quarter of Linux based Apache sites.
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The trend over the second half of 2003 and to date is as follows:
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.
Tim Berners-Lee was knighted in the Queen's New Year's Honours list. The BBC has a short story
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.
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.