Lengthy Downtime Due to Affinity-Hostway Migration

Dedicated hosting customers of Affinity Internet's ValueWeb and Gate.com brands reported lengthy downtime as a planned outage for a data center migration extended well beyond the scheduled 12 to 15 hour maintenance window. The server move between Affinity's Miami, Fla. data center and a Hostway facility about 270 miles away in Tampa, Fla. began Friday night at 8 pm, but late Sunday night many customers reported that their sites remained offline, with some saying their server outages were nearing 48 hours.

Hostway acquired Affinity Internet in April a deal that combined two hosting services focused on the business market. The U.S. hosting market has been undergoing an active period of consolidation, with WebSite Pros buying Web.com and Endurance International merging with IPower in other deals.

The main pages for both Hostway and ValueWeb remained online throughout, as only dedicated hosting customers appear to have been affected. A forum post by a Gate.com manager indicates that all servers had been connected and powered on in the new location by 2 pm Sunday, but acknowledged that servers remained offline.

Service Outage for Fasthosts

UK hosting provider Fasthosts suffered extended downtime on Monday night, which has been attributed to an electrical problem. Fasthosts, which was bought last year by 1&1 Internet, hosts more than 605,000 web sites, making it one of the UK's top three web hosting operations. Fasthosts told customers that the outage resulted from a problem in the electrical equipment that distributes power to servers. While there was no fire, a fire alarm was triggered, which in some scenarios can prompt staff to cut power to parts of the data center for safety reasons.

Last night's downtime can be seen on this performance chart:

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A dynamically updating chart of the Fasthosts.co.uk web site performance is available. Netcraft offers a web site performance monitoring service that provides similar charts, along with e-mail alerts when an outage occurs.

Tiscali is Most Reliable Hosting Company In June 2007

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
June 1st - 30th 2007

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Tiscali is the most reliable hosting company site for June 2007, followed closely by DataPipe and EasyNet. This marks the second time Tiscali has edged out Datapipe, duplicating the result from last November.

Tiscali, a European provider of hosting and Internet access services, finished atop our table three times in 2006 and once in 2005. Tiscali is based in Cagliari, Italy, with operations in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and Czech Republic. The company offers shared hosting, dedicated servers, colocation and domain names in addition to a wide range of telecom services.

Web.com, which is ninth in our rankings this month and led the table in January 2007, was acquired by WebSitePros last week.

Two of the 10 most most reliable hosts run their web sites on Windows, four on Linux and two on FreeBSD.

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Performance Issues for Yahoo

Yahoo's web sites experienced brief performance problems earlier today, with users in some areas experiencing more significant problems than others. Yahoo is one of the world's busiest web sites (currently the number two Web destination for users of the Netcraft toolbar), and thus the outages have been noted by the Internet Storm Center and news outlets. The yahoo.com home page was inaccessible for several hours from our London monitoring station and responded more slowly than usual from several locations in the U.S. Yahoo search appears to have experienced lengthier availability problems than the home page and other Yahoo services.

Yahoo's performance problems can be seen on this chart:

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A dynamically updating chart of the Yahoo.com web site performance is available. Netcraft offers a web site performance monitoring service that provides similar charts, along with e-mail alerts when an outage occurs.

Rackspace and New York Internet Most Reliable Hosting Companies In May 2007

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
May 1st - 31st 2007

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Rackspace and , New York Internet are the most reliable hosting companies for May 2007, followed closely by DataPipe, Verio, GoDaddy and Kattare.

With this month's results, Rackspace and New York Internet continue to reinforce their track records as industry leaders in reliability. Rackspace, a managed hosting provider based in San Antonio, Texas led our monthly reliability survey six times in 2006 and twice thus far in 2007. On May 23 the company announced $70 million in financing to support future hardware purchases and expansion of its data center network. New York Internet, a colocation specialist in New York's financial district, makes its 10th appearance atop the leaderboard since 2003.

iPowerWeb is ninth in the May rankings with no downtime, but experienced a major outage yesterday, which affected customer sites as well as the company homepage.

Three of the 10 most most reliable hosts run their web sites on Linux, two on Windows, three on FreeBSD and one on Solaris.

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Rackspace, Easynet and Easyspace Most Reliable Hosting Companies In April 2007

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
April 1st - 30th 2007

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Rackspace, Easynet and Easyspace are the most reliable hosting companies for April 2007, followed closely by New York Internet and Pair Networks.

The three leaders each had a perfect month, with no downtime and no failed requests for their corporate sites during an entire month of monitoring from eight locations around the globe. Rackspace continues to build upon its stellar uptime performance, having finished at the top of the survey six times in 2006. On April 30 the San Antonio-based managed hosting provider reported record 2006 revenues of $224 million, a 61 percent improvement over 2005. Rackspace said it added more than 3,000 new customers in 2006.

This marks the first time that either Easynet or Easyspace have been the most reliable host in our monthly performance tracking. Easynet is a pan-European managed hosting provider with operations in the UK, Belgium, Germany , France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Easyspace is the web hosting arm of the iomart group plc, a UK internet services specialist.

Three of the 10 most most reliable hosts run their web sites on Linux, four on Windows and two on FreeBSD.

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