Swishmail is the Most Reliable Hosting Company in January 2008

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

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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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Swishmail and iWeb are the Most Reliable Hosting Companies in December 2007

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

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Swishmail and iWeb are the most reliable hosting company sites for December 2007, closely followed by DataPipe, 3FN and Go Daddy.

Swishmail's US-hosted website is powered by FreeBSD, Apache and PHP and they offer a variety of professional and enterprise web hosting plans in addition to email hosting. iWeb's site is hosted in Canada, offering dedicated, shared and colocation hosting as well as domain registration services.

DataPipe appears in third place in December, marking its 11th appearance in the top ten during 2007 - an impressive feat. November was the only month where DataPipe did not reach the top ten. 3FN makes a forth place appearance in December, falling from 3rd place in November, while Go Daddy appears in 5th place.

Only two of December's top ten hosters run Linux, including iWeb, while four run FreeBSD. Two of the hosters run Windows Server 2003, while another uses Windows 2000.

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Hurricane Electric is the Most Reliable Hosting Companies in November 2007

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

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Hurricane Electric is the most reliable hosting company site for November 2007, closely followed by Seeweb, 3FN, Canada Web Hosting and Rackspace.

Hurricane Electric is November's most reliable hosting company and specializes in colocation, dedicated servers, direct internet connections and web hosting on its own network, which uses multiple OC192s, OC48s and gigabit ethernet.

Seeweb is an Italian company, which offers both shared and dedicated hosting and has moved up from third place last month. 3FN makes a third place appearance, also offering dedicated servers and shared hosting, while Canada Web Hosting takes forth place, offering managed hosting solutions on both Linux and Windows. Rackspace makes its fifth appearance within the top ten this year, with its best performance being seen in the consecutive months of April and May, where it took first place.

November is the first month this year where DataPipe has been absent from the top ten. Datapipe was the most reliable hosting company last month, but in November saw a request failure rate of 0.25%.

Four of November's top ten hosters run Linux, including Hurricane Electric, while three run FreeBSD. Two of the hosters run Windows Server 2003, while www.green.ch uses the F5 BIG-IP device.

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DataPipe and Rackspace are the Most Reliable Hosting Companies in October 2007

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

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DataPipe and Rackspace are the most reliable hosting company sites for October 2007, followed closely by Seeweb.

DataPipe is October's most reliable hosting company, adding to its earlier achievements of a first place back in March and second place in both June and July. More notably, DataPipe is the only hosting company to have made it into the top ten every month so far this year. October also saw DataPipe being presented with the Job Creation Award for Excellence by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association for contributing to the state's economic growth by creating new jobs.

Rackspace specialises in managed hosting and is well known for its promise of Fanatical Support. This is Rackspace's fourth appearance within the top ten this year, with its best performance being seen in the consecutive months of April and May, where it took first place. Seeweb is an Italian company, which offers both shared and dedicated hosting and also appeared in third place in September.

Four of October's top ten hosters run Linux, while three - including DataPipe - run FreeBSD. Two of the hosters run Windows Server 2003.

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Tiscali Italia, Rackspace and Seeweb are the Most Reliable Hosting Companies In September 2007

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

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Tiscali Italia, Rackspace and Seeweb are the most reliable hosting company sites for September 2007, followed closely by Pair Networks, Go Daddy and Affinity.

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. Tiscali's core business is providing internet access and has 2 million ADSL users in the UK and Italy. Tiscali has appeared within the top ten most reliable hosting companies four times this year. Conversely, Rackspace specialises in managed hosting and is well known for its promise of Fanatical Support. This is Rackspace's third appearance within the top ten this year, notably making first place for two consecutive months in April and May. Seeweb is an Italian company, which offers both shared and dedicated hosting and last appeared within the top ten in April.

Datapipe is the only hosting company to have made it into the top ten every month so far this year. Datapipe was the most reliable hosting company in March and also took second place in June and July.

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BBC News Knocked Offline by Performance Changes

The BBC News website has been suffering outages today while its hosting location fluctuated between BBC Internet Services and the Akamai web application acceleration and performance management service.

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For many users this afternoon, the front page of the BBC News site has been slow to respond, often displaying error messages such as "No suitable nodes are available to serve your request" and "an error occurred while processing this directive". Other users found that requests to news.bbc.co.uk caused the server to continually redirect their request back to news.bbc.co.uk, causing an infinite redirection loop which would have added to the load on the servers.

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Today's performance problems coincide with apparent moves to and from the Akamai content distribution network. Prior to today, the news.bbc.co.uk site had been self-hosted by BBC Internet Services in Docklands, London.

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For some periods today, the BBC News website had resolved to IP addresses belonging to Akamai, while other times it had either been pointed back to BBC Internet Services at Docklands, or did not resolve at all, thus leaving the site completely inaccessible.

Akamai transparently mirrors content stored on web servers and users then access the content from these instead of the origin server. By automatically picking a mirror server that is near to the user, performance is generally increased while decreasing the load on the origin server.

Update: Steve Herrmann, editor of the BBC News website, has published a blog article about the site problems.