Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in March 2009

Rank Company site OS Outage
hh:mm:ss
Failed
Req%
DNS Connect First
byte
Total
1 ReliableServers.com FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.010  0.205 0.015 0.039 0.055
2 Swishmail FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.010  0.606 0.016 0.032 0.086
3 www.acens.com Linux  0:00:00  0.010  0.502 0.063 0.286 0.545
4 Hosting 4 Less Linux  0:00:00  0.010  0.218 0.131 0.267 0.531
5 www.netcetera.co.uk Windows Server 2003  0:00:00  0.014  1.291 0.048 0.099 0.203
6 New York Internet FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.019  0.395 0.030 0.063 0.136
7 www.green.ch F5 Big-IP  0:00:00  0.019  1.403 0.049 0.168 0.316
8 www.dinahosting.com Linux  0:00:00  0.019  0.569 0.053 0.234 0.408
9 Pair Networks FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.019  0.508 0.059 0.122 0.304
10 INetU unknown  0:00:00  0.019  1.226 0.074 0.156 0.245

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Acens, Hosting 4 Less, ReliableServers.com and Swishmail had the most reliable hosting company sites in March 2009, with each site failing to respond to only two of the requests made by Netcraft's performance collectors.

Swishmail has consistently been in the top ten since they first entered in August 2008, but this is their first appearance as number one. Based in New York, Swishmail specialise in email hosting, and offer a variety of email and web hosting solutions. The company's main website is served by nginx, running on FreeBSD.

This is the third time in the last six months that the aptly named ReliableServers.com has been in the top ten, having come in seventh last month, fifth in January and fourth in October 2008. Located in Newark, New Jersey, ReliableServers offer services such as VPS hosting and colocation. Their front page is served by Apache on FreeBSD.

Hosting 4 Less has been in the top ten three times in the last six months, after taking tenth place in January, third in December 2008 and sixth in October 2008. Hosting 4 Less is based in California, and offer a variety of hosting services, including online backup. Their front page is served by Apache on Linux.

Acens is based in Spain and is one of three European companies in this month's top-ten. They offer a wide range of services, from web hosting to colocation and networking. This is the second time that Acens has been ranked first, the last being August 2007, which saw Acens in joint first position with INetU and New York Internet. Acens were also in the top ten last month.

Coming in a close second, with only three failed responses is Netcetera, a British company based on the Isle of Man. Netcetera offer co-location, hosting and a range of other services. Netcetera have the only site in this month's top ten which is served by IIS on Windows Server 2003.

New York Internet, which was last month's most reliable hosting site, appears sixth this month.

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New York Internet was the Most Reliable Hosting Company Site in February 2009

Rank Company site OS Outage
hh:mm:ss
Failed
Req%
DNS Connect First
byte
Total
1 New York Internet FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.005  0.011 0.057 0.117 0.255
2 www.uk2.net Linux  0:00:00  0.011  0.054 0.037 0.080 0.157
3 Server Intellect Windows Server 2003  0:00:00  0.011  0.008 0.068 0.140 0.396
4 WebFusion Linux  0:00:00  0.011  0.005 0.071 0.153 0.373
5 Pair Networks FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.011  0.009 0.074 0.151 0.373
6 Swishmail FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.016  0.010 0.050 0.102 0.220
7 ReliableServers.com unknown  0:00:00  0.016  0.009 0.060 0.120 0.172
8 INetU unknown  0:00:00  0.016  0.010 0.074 0.157 0.295
9 Softlayer Technologies Inc unknown  0:00:00  0.016  0.023 0.079 0.162 0.492
10 www.dinahosting.com Linux  0:00:00  0.016  0.081 0.082 0.287 0.591

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New York Internet was the most reliable hosting company site during February 2009, failing to respond to only one of the requests made by Netcraft's performance collectors throughout the month.

New York Internet was closely followed by UK2, Server Intellect, WebFusion and Pair Networks; each of which failed to respond to two requests in February.

This month's victory marks a hat trick for New York Internet, which also came joint first in the previous two months: January and December.

Established in 1996, New York Internet is located in the heart of the Wall Street area and owns and maintains its own data centers. The company's core services include dedicated servers, colocation and virtual web hosting. The company's main website is served by Apache running on FreeBSD.

FreeBSD is used by three of February's most reliable hosting company sites, with another three using Linux and one using Windows Server 2003.

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Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in January 2009

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Aplus.net, New York Internet, and ZeroLag Communications were the most reliable hosting company sites during January 2009. These sites responded to all of the requests made by Netcraft's performance collectors throughout the month, with no failed requests.

Aplus.net was founded in 1992 as Abacus America, Inc., and began offering Internet services in 1995 and hosting services in 1998. Aplus' web site states that they have 250 employees, over 100,000 customers and 6,000 dedicated server customers. They run Apache on FreeBSD, and last made the top spot in June 2008.

New York Internet also runs Apache on FreeBSD site, and was also tied for first last month.

ZeroLag Communications is a Los Angeles-based company that offers high performance virtual hosting, fully managed dedicated servers and colocation, as well as T1 and T3 internet connections, web development services and security consulting. Their corporate site runs lighttpd, and they were joint first in September 2008.

Freely available operating systems dominate the top ten this month with four sites each running FreeBSD and Linux.

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New York Internet and WestHost are the Most Reliable Hosting Companies in December 2008

Rank Company site OS Outage
hh:mm:ss
Failed
Req%
DNS Connect First
byte
Total
1 New York Internet FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.014  0.011 0.039 0.080 0.212
2 www.westhost.com Linux  0:00:00  0.014  0.001 0.058 0.119 0.238
3 Hosting 4 Less Linux  0:00:00  0.019  0.056 0.060 0.124 0.249
4 www.green.ch F5 Big-IP  0:00:00  0.019  0.202 0.128 0.331 0.713
5 www.easynet.net Windows Server 2003  0:00:00  0.024  0.002 0.108 0.215 0.215
6 Swishmail FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.029  0.001 0.040 0.080 0.206
7 www.he.net Linux  0:00:00  0.029  0.002 0.041 0.087 0.128
8 webhosting.tiscali.it Linux  0:00:00  0.029  0.009 0.103 0.207 0.415
9 www.webair.com FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.034  0.078 0.046 0.106 0.303
10 www.memset.com Linux  0:00:00  0.034  0.085 0.087 0.174 0.174

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New York Internet and WestHost are the most reliable hosting company sites for December 2008. New York Internet sees its third consecutive appearance in the top ten, while WestHost becomes the most reliable hosting company for the second month in a row.

Established in 1996, New York Internet is located in the heart of the Wall Street area and owns and maintains its own data centers. The company's core services include dedicated servers, colocation and virtual web hosting. New York Internet uses Apache on FreeBSD to host its own site.

WestHost uses Linux for its main site and hosts more than 70,000 other websites. Their services include shared web hosting, dedicated servers, reseller hosting and domain name registration. WestHost's data center is SAS 70 Type II certified and constructed from nine base isolation units bolted on top of a 3.5ft reinforced matte footing, which helps to absorb shock during earthquakes.

In total, half of December's top ten hosting companies use Linux for their main company site, while three use FreeBSD. green.ch uses the F5 BIG-IP device and Easynet uses Windows Server 2003.

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Most Reliable Hosting Companies in November 2008

Rank Company site OS Outage
hh:mm:ss
Failed
Req%
DNS Connect First
byte
Total
1 DataPipe FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.005  0.038 0.019 0.039 0.039
2 www.aplus.net FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.005  0.154 0.068 0.227 9.232
3 iWeb.com Linux  0:00:00  0.005  0.005 0.071 0.142 0.142
4 www.westhost.com Linux  0:00:00  0.005  0.005 0.073 0.149 0.312
5 www.he.net Linux  0:00:00  0.005  0.005 0.073 0.153 0.227
6 Server Intellect Windows Server 2003  0:00:00  0.005  0.088 0.103 0.210 0.573
7 www.canadawebhosting.com Windows Server 2003  0:00:00  0.005  0.102 0.111 0.224 0.573
8 webhosting.tiscali.it Linux  0:00:00  0.005  0.024 0.135 0.271 0.554
9 Swishmail FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.010  0.007 0.059 0.120 0.308
10 New York Internet FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.010  0.013 0.062 0.127 0.297

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DataPipe, Aplus.net, iWeb, WestHost, Hurricane Electric, Server Intellect, Canada Web Hosting and Tiscali are the most reliable hosting company sites for November 2008. Unusually, there are eight companies sharing the top spot this month, each showing only 1 failed request throughout November.

Of these eight companies, the top two by average connection time (DataPipe and Aplus.net) both use FreeBSD to run their main websites. In November, DataPipe was named among New Jersey's fastest growing companies.

Linux is used by four of November's most reliable hosting companies. This includes Montreal-based iWeb, which has been providing internet hosting infrastructure for 12 years, and WestHost, which has been providing web hosting for 10 years. Linux is also used by Hurricane Electric and Tiscali, both of which have already featured as the most reliable hosting companies earlier this year.

Two of this month's most reliable hosting companies use Windows Server 2003 to power their sites: Server Intellect is a privately owned company located in Florida and offers dedicated servers, shared hosting and virtual servers. Canada Web Hosting also uses Windows Server 2003 for its main site, but offers managed hosting on both Windows and Linux.

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green.ch is the Most Reliable Hosting Company in October 2008

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

Rank Company site OS Outage
hh:mm:ss
Failed
Req%
DNS Connect First
byte
Total
1 www.green.ch F5 Big-IP    0.000  0.197 0.107 0.270 0.581
2 New York Internet FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.004  0.008 0.055 0.110 0.254
3 Rackspace Linux  0:00:00  0.004  0.018 0.061 0.122 0.122
4 www.reliableservers.com unknown  0:00:00  0.004  0.006 0.065 0.138 0.206
5 www.he.net Linux  0:00:00  0.004  0.005 0.069 0.143 0.213
6 Hosting 4 Less Linux  0:00:00  0.008  0.114 0.115 0.233 0.461
7 www.swishmail.com FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.013  0.005 0.059 0.118 0.304
8 Verio Linux  0:00:00  0.013  0.074 0.073 0.147 0.147
9 www.godaddy.com Windows Server 2003  0:00:00  0.017  0.028 0.054 0.131 0.575
10 www.navisite.com Linux  0:00:00  0.017  0.065 0.059 0.143 0.615

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green.ch is the most reliable hosting company site for October 2008. This is the only site that responded to every request made by Netcraft's performance collectors throughout the month.

With more than 70,000 customers, green.ch is one of the leading Swiss internet service providers for small and medium sized businesses. Originally known as agri.ch, the company was formed from a management buyout of the SME and Private Customer division of Cable & Wireless.

green.ch provides broadband internet access and uses its own data centre in Switzerland to focus on providing website hosting, email, SharePoint and VoIP telephony solutions.

green.ch uses Microsoft IIS 6.0 to serve its main site via an F5 BIG-IP device. The company also uses F5 BIG-IP for over 90% of its customers' websites, making green.ch the largest hoster of sites on F5 BIG-IP in Switzerland.

Linux is used by five of October's top ten hosting companies, while two use FreeBSD and Go Daddy uses Windows Server 2003.

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