NaviSite is the Most Reliable Hosting Company Site in April 2008

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


NaviSite is the most reliable hosting company site for April 2008.

NaviSite was incorporated in 1998 and provides application solutions and hosting services using its web infrastructure platforms in 18 data centers. The company recently announced an alliance with Intel Corporation to offer a suite of managed services through Intel's value added reseller community.

NaviSite's performance is followed by DataPipe, which made 11 appearances in the top ten last year. Last month's most reliable hosting company site, INetU, appears in third place this month.

Three of April's top ten hosting companies, including NaviSite, run Linux on their main sites, while another three use FreeBSD. One company uses Windows Server 2003.

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Slashdot, SourceForge Back Online After Outage

Several SourceForge, Inc sites, including the popular technology news site Slashdot have been offline for several hours today.

All of Netcraft's globally distributed performance monitors have recorded a solid period of downtime at a number of sites hosted in the VA Software netblock. VA Software is the former name of SourceForge, Inc, which hosts all of the affected sites, including Slashdot, the source code repository, software release site Freshmeat and merchandise supplier ThinkGeek.

Static uptime graph for

Netcraft's live monitoring of can be seen here, reflecting a contiguous outage of approximately 5 hours.

CNN Site Bears the Brunt of Chinese Attackers

The CNN News website has twice been affected since an earlier distributed denial of service attack last Thursday. CNN fixed Thursday's attack by limiting the number of users who could access the site from specific geographical areas.


Subsequently, an attack was purportedly organised to start on Saturday 19th April, but cancelled. However, our performance monitoring graph shows CNN's website suffered downtime within a 3 hour period on Sunday morning, followed by other anomalous activity on Monday morning, where response times were greatly inflated.

Netcraft is continuing to monitor the CNN News website. Live uptime graphs can be viewed here.

INetU is the Most Reliable Hosting Company Site in March 2008

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


INetU is the most reliable hosting company site for March 2008, closely followed by Express Technologies.

INetU is an enterprise managed hosting company located in Allentown, PA. They have been in business since 1996 and notably offer a 100% uptime service level guarantee. INetU's clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Northrop Grumman and Canon.

Express Technologies acquired in June 2004 and the Express Technologies website now points to their new home at The company also partners with DreamHost to provide managed hosting, server colocation and virtual servers running on VMware ESX.

Three of March's top ten hosting companies run Windows Server 2003 on their main sites, while two use Linux and two use FreeBSD.

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Tiscali Italia is the Most Reliable Hosting Company in February 2008

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
February 1st – 29th 2008


Tiscali Italia is the most reliable hosting company site for February 2008, closely followed by and Kattare.

Tiscali last made an appearance in the top spot back in September last year 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.

The Canadian company has been operating since 1997 and now offers web hosting, domain registration services and email hosting. Each of their web hosting packages includes a variety of open source tools and applications such as the WordPress blogging system, the phpBB forum solution and the Gallery 2 photo album organizer.

Kattare has also been serving websites for more than ten years, and derives its name from the Swedish word "Kättare", meaning heretic – rather apt considering their proximity to Microsoft in Redmond and the fact that most of Kattare's servers run Linux or FreeBSD.

Five of February's top ten hosting companies run Linux on their main sites, while three use FreeBSD. and Netcetera both use Windows Server 2003 for their main sites.

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Swishmail is the Most Reliable Hosting Company in January 2008

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
January 1st - 31st 2008


Swishmail is the most reliable hosting company site for January 2008, closely followed by Seeweb, New York Internet, WebFusion and 3FN.

2008 looks promising for Swishmail, with its second consecutive appearance in first place. Swishmail's US-hosted website is powered by FreeBSD, Apache and PHP and they offer a variety of professional and enterprise web hosting plans. Their core service, however, is in business mail hosting, offering businesses a quick and reliable secure electronic mail system that filters out viruses.

Five of January’s top ten hosting company sites run Linux on their main sites, while four, including Swishmail, run FreeBSD. The only Windows-based site within the top ten this month is Go Daddy’s, which runs Windows Server 2003.

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