Go Daddy gained 116K hostnames in November, more than doubling the growth of every other provider, according to our Hosting Provider Switching Analysis. German hosting giant 1&1 Internet was a distant second with a net gain of 54K hostnames, while Yahoo! was the only other provider to grow by more than 16K. That marks a slowdown from October, when the top four companies grew by at least 50K hostnames and the top 10 all gained 21K or more.
Go Daddy continued to set the pace for domain registrars, adding 151K new hostnames (compared to 61K for Network Solutions and 21K for eNom) while seeing about 40K expire. It was also a strong month for telecom hosting units, as Sprint, SBC Communications, Level 3 and Deutsche Telekom each gained more than 10K hostnames.
Top Hosting Providers By Growth, Oct 03 to Nov 03 Hosting Company Oct 03 Nov 03 Growth %
GoDaddy Inc 1,467,264 1,583,263 115,999 7.9% America 1&1 Internet AG 3,443,442 3,497,569 54,127 1.6% Europe yahoo.com 515,306 540,333 25,027 4.9% America Sprint 140,691 156,614 15,923 11.3% America SBC Communications 190,542 205,153 14,611 7.7% America Strato AG 1,910,975 1,924,852 13,877 0.7% Europe enom.com 370,825 383,329 12,504 3.4% America Host Europe 526,971 539,011 12,040 2.3% Europe Hostway 321,425 332,548 11,123 3.5% America
German hosting giant 1&1 Internet's offer of three years of free hosting helped its US unit gain 10.5K hostnames in November, with most coming through new domain registrations or migrations of hostnames parked at domain registrars.
This month's hosting Hosting Provider Switching dataset shows 1&1's American unit gaining 7.3K new hostnames, with another 3K-plus hostnames switching from other providers. The largest single chunk came from Go Daddy (683 hostnames), followed by EV1Servers, Network Solutions, Register.com and eNom. All are domain registrars except for EV1Servers, whose net loss to 1&1 likely represents a shift in hostnames registered by EV!Servers resellers, rather than a flight of dedicated server customers to 1&1's shared hosting accounts.(more...)
The web site for Global Name Registry, which operates the .name registry database, was back online this morning after it was hacked Saturday. "We did an update to Apache and PHP last week and someone managed to exploit a hole in one of these and replace the index file on the webserver," Global Name president Hakon Haugnes wrote in a post at the ICANN Watch web site, which was the first to report the intrusion. "No other data than the index.php were replaced, and no other data could be accessed as the webserver is physically and geographically separated from our Registry Systems. We have taken our webservers down during the weekend to further reinforce our website against similar incidents in the future." (more...)
Netcrafts latest hosting provider server count of web facing servers shows that computer growth has fallen below its long term monthly growth of 2.6% to 1.4%.
The chart below shows that since March 2001 IP address counts have not increased significantly, while computers have broadly sustained an increasing trend, other than for the Code Red and Nimda dip in 2001. This primarily reflects increased use of HTTP 1.1 virtual hosting which can share an IP address. Since the survey started in 1999, IP addresses have not quite doubled, while computer numbers have more than quadrupled. Since March 2001 computer numbers have increased 84.3%, yet IP addresses only by 7.9%.
The methodology is described in the Hosting Provider Server Count.
The Nachi worm compromised cash machines at two financial institutions last August, according to Diebold, which manufactured the Windows-based automatic teller machines. The event is being called the first confirmed case of malicious code penetrating cash machines, according to Security Focus. The two financial institutions were not identified, and the infected machines were quickly isolated when they began scanning the ATM networks, triggering intrustion detection systems, according to Diebold.
The Nachi worm exploited a RPC DCOM hole, for which Microsoft issued a patch a month prior to the worm's release, which Diebold neglected to install on the infected machines. Last week Diebold announced that it will include Sygate Security Agent software with all its new ATMs and offer to install Sygate agents on its existing Windows-based ATMs.(more...)
We will be shortly be publishing some question and answer interviews on news.netcraft.com featuring some of the well known people in the web services and hosting industries. Please let us have some interesting questions for the people below.
- Graham Weston, Rackspace
Graham is CEO of Rackspace, one of the companies to pioneer dedicated hosting.
- Rasmus Lerdorf, PHP
Creator of PHP.
- Jim Gray, Microsoft Research
1999 Turing Award winner, creator of the TerraServer and Skyserver websites, and manager of Microsoft's Bay Area Reseach Center.
- Andreas Gauger, 1&1
CEO of 1&1, the world's largest hosting company with 3.4 Million hostnames and 1.8 Million active sites.
- Mark Cox, Red Hat
Director of Security, Red Hat, and cofounder of the Apache and OpenSSL projects.
- Graham Weston, Rackspace