1. Datapipe, Rackspace and Tiscali Most Reliable Hosters in August 2005

    Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
    August 1st - 31st 2005

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    Datapipe, Rackspace and Tiscali share the top slot as as the most reliable hosting company sites this month. The results continue a string of exceptional performances by Rackspace and Datapipe, both in 2005 and over the longer haul.

    Rackspace, a managed hosting provider based in San Antonio, Texas, has been the top performer in five of the past seven months. The company's web site, which runs on Linux, has not had a measurable outage since March of 2004. Datapipe, a managed hosting provider in Hoboken, N.J., has been the best performer twice in 2005, and was the most reliable hosting company for the second half of 2004. The Datapipe web site, which is hosted on Windows Server 2003, has not had a measurable outage since Necraft began public reporting of monthly uptime performance in June 2003.

    In August their performance was matched by Tiscali, a pan-European provider of hosting and Internet access services. This month marks Tiscali's first time as the most reliable hosting provider. Tiscali's site runs on Linux, which dominates with five of the top 10 hosters, with 2 on Windows, 2 on FreeBSD and 1 on Solaris.

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    Posted by Mandy Davis on 4th September, 2005 in Hosting, Performance

  2. DirectNIC Stays Online in New Orleans Facility

    Hunkered down in a data center on an upper floor of a New Orleans office building, a skeleton crew of staff at DirectNIC have kept the domain registrar operating throughout Hurricane Katrina and the catastrophic flooding that has engulfed the city. "We haven't lost service once during this entire disaster, and we have three weeks of backup power secured," CEO Sigmund Solares said on the DirectNIC website. "Our staff is safe and well - some have been working around the clock in New Orleans to keep clients running smoothly, and other employees have left to safer locations to keep an eye on the network from afar."

    DirectNIC is housed on the 10th and 11th floors of a 27-floor office tower near Lafayette Square, a portion of the city that has escaped the worst of the flooding. Employees have live-blogged their efforts and posted photos of the storm's impact on the DirectNIC facility. An on-site webcam broadcast video of looting on surrounding streets. DirectNIC is the world's 11th-largest registrar, with more than 1.1 million domains registered. It is part of InterCosmos Media group, which also operates hosting/colocation provider Zipa.

    Posted by Rich Miller on 31st August, 2005 in Performance

  3. Weather Sites Remain Online During Storm

    Major weather information sites remained widely available Sunday and Monday as Web users sought the latest information on the path of Hurricane Katrina, which left catastrophic damage in its wake along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The home pages for both the National Hurricane Center and Weather.com performed well throughout Sunday evening and Monday morning as Katrina approached landfall.

    Media reports have suggested both sites were unavailable for extended periods. Netcraft's seven monitoring stations found that while response time was slower from some locations (especially for the NHC), there were no outages for either site. The National Hurricane Center said its site received 22 million page views Sunday, with traffic on all NOAA sites approaching 5,200 hits per second at peak demand.

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    Dynamically updating performance charts are available for Weather.com and the National Hurricane Center. Our monitors track the response time for the home page for each site.

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    Posted by Rich Miller on 30th August, 2005 in Performance

  4. No Major Impact on Web Sites From New Windows Worm

    A computer worm disrupted the networks of U.S media organizations today, but has had no visible impact upon major web sites. The worm, which uses a vulnerability in Windows PnP to target Windows 2000 machines, knocked computers offline at CNN, ABC News and the New York Times. The damage appears to be limited to internal corporate networks, as the web sites of the U.S. Fortune 100 show no unusual outages, including the 18 companies in the index hosted on Windows 2000. Likewise, Britain's FTSE 100, which has 36 sites running on Win2K, shows no suspicious performance problems either.

    Working exploits for new Windows vulnerabilities began appearing on the Internet last Thursday, just two days after the security holes were outlined in Microsoft's monthly security advisory. Over the weekend the Zotob worm appeared, compromising unpatched Windows 2000 machines.

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    Posted by Rich Miller on 17th August, 2005 in Performance

  5. Jumpline, Domicile and Pair Networks Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites during July

    Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
    July 1st - 31st 2005

    Hoster Performance July 2005

    Jumpline, France Telecom and Pair Networks share the top slot as as the most reliable hosting company sites this month.

    Pair, a Pittsburgh, Pa. shared hosting company, is a regular in our survey, with numerous top 10 appearances in addition to being the most reliable provider in February 2005, July 2004 and February 2004. Jumpline was previously the most reliable provider in April 2004. The Columbus, Ohio provider specializes in virtual private servers. France Telecom made its first appearance in our reliability survey in May.

    This month Linux, Windows and FreeBSD all have 3 sites each in the top 10, with one running Solaris.

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    Posted by Mandy Davis on 1st August, 2005 in Hosting, Performance

  6. Extended Outages for World of Warcraft

    The web site for the World of Warcraft online game was unavailable for much of the day Tuesday, with many of its game servers offline for maintenance as well. The "virtual world" now has more than 3.5 million subscribers, including 1.5 million new paying customers from China. Users on numerous World of Warcraft servers have been reported performance problems in recent weeks.

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    A dynamically updating chart of World of Warcraft's web site performance is available here.

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    Posted by Rich Miller on 26th July, 2005 in Performance