Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in August 2011

Rank Company site OS Outage hh:mm:ss Failed Req% DNS Connect First byte Total
1 Datapipe FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.007 0.083 0.020 0.042 0.056
2 iWeb Technologies Linux 0:00:00 0.007 0.105 0.072 0.144 0.144
3 Swishmail FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.011 0.083 0.044 0.089 0.231
4 INetU FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.015 0.112 0.042 0.118 0.261
5 New York Internet FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.015 0.108 0.046 0.094 0.274
6 Multacom FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.015 0.114 0.075 0.152 0.428
7 www.cwcs.co.uk Linux 0:00:00 0.019 0.228 0.114 0.225 0.608
8 ServInt Linux 0:00:00 0.022 0.149 0.041 0.089 0.227
9 www.netcetera.co.uk Windows Server 2008 0:00:00 0.022 0.059 0.093 0.189 0.386
10 Iomart plc. Linux 0:00:00 0.022 0.167 0.097 0.206 0.360
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Both of the top two hosting companies had the same number of failed requests this month and they are therefore ranked by average connection time.

After slipping to third last month, the top spot was regained by Datapipe in August. They offer a range of services including managed hosting, compliance, security and cloud computing. Datapipe have recently expanded their UK datacenters.

In second place this month is iWeb Technologies, a Canadian hosting company based in Montreal. iWeb Technologies provide web hosting, dedicated servers, managed hosting and colocation to customers from around the world. They have recently launched a new product range, Smart Servers, which aim to give the benefits of both virtualization in the cloud and dedicated hardware.

Swishmail come in at third place this month, who offer a variety of managed web hosting plans in addition to their core service of enterprise-grade email hosting.

For the first time this year, FreeBSD has the largest share of hosting providers in the top 10 with half of them running FreeBSD servers. Of the other hosting providers in the top 10, 4 run Linux and 1 uses Windows Server 2008.

Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of around forty 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. In the event the number of failed requests are equal then sites are ranked by average connection times.

Information on the measurement process and current measurements is available.

Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in July 2011

Rank Company site OS Outage hh:mm:ss Failed Req% DNS Connect First byte Total
1 Hosting 4 Less Linux 0:00:00 0.015 0.128 0.064 0.130 0.185
2 www.poundhost.com Linux 0:00:00 0.015 0.286 0.096 0.203 0.440
3 Datapipe FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.019 0.121 0.017 0.037 0.048
4 INetU FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.019 0.064 0.035 0.097 0.223
5 www.logicworks.net Linux 0:00:00 0.022 0.056 0.044 0.106 0.238
6 iWeb Technologies Linux 0:00:00 0.022 0.085 0.059 0.119 0.119
7 www.qubenet.net Linux 0:00:00 0.026 0.128 0.053 0.105 0.105
8 www.micfo.com Linux 0:00:00 0.026 0.135 0.055 0.304 0.462
9 www.netcetera.co.uk Windows Server 2008 0:00:00 0.030 0.051 0.102 0.207 0.416
10 www.westhost.com Linux 0:00:00 0.034 0.051 0.102 0.207 0.416
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Both of the top two hosting companies had the same number of failed requests this month and they are therefore ranked by average connection time.

Top of the table this month is Hosting 4 Less. The company guarantees 99.9% uptime, with its own OC48 Sonet Ring connecting their secure data center to the internet. Hosting 4 Less has been running since 1998. They offer both Linux and Windows hosting as well as e-commerce hosting.

The second most reliable hosting company for July was PoundHost who are based in the UK and offer a range of hosting solutions, including dedicated servers, co-location and virtual hosting.

Third this month was Datapipe, which offers a range of services including managed hosting, compliance, security and cloud computing. Datapipe offers a 100% network uptime guarantee.

Seven sites in the top 10 this month were running Linux, two were running FreeBSD and one was running Windows Server 2008.

Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of around forty 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. In the event the number of failed requests are equal then sites are ranked by average connection times.

Information on the measurement process and current measurements is available.

Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in June 2011

Rank Company site OS Outage
hh:mm:ss
Failed
Req%
DNS Connect First
byte
Total
1 Datapipe FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.004 0.107 0.007 0.015 0.021
2 INetU FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.004 0.169 0.039 0.103 0.248
3 New York Internet FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.004 0.198 0.062 0.124 0.374
4 Hosting 4 Less Linux 0:00:00 0.008 0.136 0.075 0.153 0.337
5 www.logicworks.net Linux 0:00:00 0.012 0.128 0.068 0.152 0.366
6 www.micfo.com Linux 0:00:00 0.019 0.130 0.052 0.291 0.410
7 ReliableServers.com FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.023 0.232 0.069 0.144 0.352
8 aruba.it Windows Server 2003 0:00:00 0.023 0.119 0.095 0.191 0.191
9 Kattare Internet Services Linux 0:00:00 0.023 0.132 0.097 0.194 0.348
10 www.qubenet.net Linux 0:00:00 0.031 0.102 0.046 0.094 0.094

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Each of the top three hosting companies had only one failed request this month and they are therefore ranked by average connection time.

Top of the table this month is Datapipe, which offers a range of services including managed hosting, compliance, security and cloud computing. Datapipe is committed to customer service and offers a 100% network uptime guarantee.

The second most reliable hosting company in June was INetU, which offers dedicated managed hosting services from data centers with resilient networks, backup power and strong physical and network security. InetU also offers compliance and consultancy services to customers around the world.

Third this month was New York Internet. NYI offers colocation, dedicated servers and virtual hosting from data centers in New York. The company focuses on reliability and technical support that is responsive round the clock.

Half of the sites in the top ten in June were running Linux, four were running FreeBSD, and one was running Windows Server 2003.

Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of around forty 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. In the event the number of failed requests are equal then sites are ranked by average connection times.

Information on the measurement process and current measurements is available.

Leader.ir under attack?

The website of the Supreme Leader of Iran, Sayyid Ali Khamenei, has been responding very slowly or not at all for most of the day, which is often symptomatic of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. However, with nobody claiming responsibility for such an attack – which is rather unusual lately – there could well be a less nefarious reason for the problems.

Earlier this year, the 'hacktivist' group Anonymous orchestrated a DDoS attack against leader.ir in support of Operation Iran, which accused Iran of operating an illegal regime for the past 32 years. This attack was not successful, but a separate attack against the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcaster (irib.ir) did appear to succeed.

Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in May 2011

Rank Company site OS Outage
hh:mm:ss
Failed
Req%
DNS Connect First
byte
Total
1 Datapipe FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.004 0.053 0.006 0.013 0.016
2 www.serverbeach.com Linux 0:00:00 0.007 0.146 0.005 0.032 0.058
3 iWeb Technologies Linux 0:00:00 0.011 0.101 0.045 0.091 0.091
4 New York Internet FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.011 0.100 0.062 0.125 0.376
5 Swishmail FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.011 0.354 0.062 0.125 0.330
6 www.choopa.com FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.015 0.053 0.036 0.077 0.187
7 www.qubenet.net Linux 0:00:00 0.015 0.167 0.048 0.097 0.097
8 Kattare Internet Services Linux 0:00:00 0.015 0.151 0.097 0.196 0.394
9 www.uk2.net Linux 0:00:00 0.019 0.183 0.059 0.123 0.148
10 Rackspace F5 Big-IP 0:00:00 0.019 0.155 0.063 0.127 0.127

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Datapipe was the most reliable hosting company in May 2011 with only a single failed request from Netcraft's performance monitors this month. Datapipe provides a range of managed services and colocation from data centres in New Jersey, California, London, Shanghai and Hong Kong. In May, Datapipe announced it had secured $176 million dollars in equity and finance to accelerate its expansion.

The second most reliable hosting company in May was www.serverbeach.com, which failed to respond to only two requests. ServerBeach offer cloud services, dedicated servers, managed hosting and colocation. As a child company of PEER 1 hosting, ServerBeach uses its parent company's IT infrastructure and network backbone.

Third this month was iWeb Technologies, a Canadian hosting company based in Montreal. iWeb Technologies provide web hosting, dedicated servers, managed hosting and colocation to customers from around the world.

Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of around forty 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. In the event the number of failed requests are equal then sites are ranked by average connection times.

Information on the measurement process and current measurements is available.

Blogger maintenance causes extended outage

Blogger is currently experiencing an extended outage after Wednesday's scheduled maintenance introduced some problems. The site was taken down again at approximately 20:00 UTC on Thursday and is still unavailable to blog authors.

Blogger is running in read-only mode while the problem is resolved. This means blogs can still be visited, but authors cannot write new posts and visitors cannot submit comments.

The Blogger Status blog, which is itself hosted on the Blogger platform, has not been updated since Monday. The most recent post read, "Blogger will go into read-only mode Wednesday (5/11) 10:00PM PST for about an hour for maintenance".

There has been speculation that the current outage was caused by a new user interface being rolled out; however, Blogger confirmed through its Twitter stream that this was not the cause.

Some users have expressed anger at losing posts and comments. A Google employee confirmed that Blogger had rolled back to a previous maintenance release, causing all posts and comments made after 7:37 am PDT on May 11 to be removed. The most recent tweet from Blogger suggests that these have only been temporarily removed.