Most Reliable Hosting Providers during August

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
August 1st - 31st 2004

Hoster Performance August04

During August all of the hosters monitored experienced some failed requests, with iPowerWeb, Italian hoster SeeWeb and Rackspace the most reliable sites during the period.

For the first time, Linux is the dominant operating system, with five of the top ten running their sites on a Linux distribution.

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Errant Anchor Blamed for Knocking Island Nation Offline

When the Indian ship State of Nagaland dropped anchor in the Sri Lankan port of Colombo Sunday, its crew probably expected it to be a routine event. Instead, the ship is being detained in Colombo under court order, with Sri Lanka Telecom asserting that its anchor severed the island nation's connection to the Internet.

"We have lost connectivity to global Internet due to failure in the international submarine cable system," SLT said in a statement, adding that a satellite uplink was being used to restore connectivity, but was only able to provide "limited capacity." The telecom provider said 800,000 customers were without Internet access, and attributed the cable failure to the State of Nagaland's anchor. The damage could take several more days to repair, the company said.

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Most Reliable Hosting Providers during July

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
July 1st - 31st 2004


During July all of the hosters monitored experienced some failed requests, with three sites Pair Networks,, and Cee-Kay. sharing first place.

Operating systems used by the ten most reliable sites was quite mixed, with four running Linux, four FreeBSD and two Windows (Datapipe on Windows 2003 and EasyNet on Windows 2000).

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Top Weather Sites Manage Traffic from Hurricane Charley

Leading U.S. weather web sites are managing a crush of web traffic from Internet users tracking the path of Hurricane Charley, which battered Florida Friday with winds reaching 145 miles per hour Friday, and is now making a second landfall along the East Coast in South Carolina.

Performance of Major Weather SitesThe Weather Channel web site at had some reliability problems in the moments immediately preceding Charley's landfall Friday afternoon, but soon stabilized. The network offers round-the-clock coverage of weather, and experiences its largest audiences during major hurricanes. Its web site is hosted by UUnet, a unit of MCI.

The National Hurricane Center, the U.S. government's central source for hurricane information, has been available throughout the storm. The NHC site is hosted on government servers at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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