Cable & Wireless approaching decision day on US Operations

Speculation about the fate of Cable & Wireless' American hosting operation is nothing new. But the latest media reports are focusing fresh attention on US bankruptcy law and the options it offers for restructuring telecom assets.

Cable & Wireless plans to exit the US hosting market and has been trying to sell operations that include at least 12 data centers. C&W had no specific comment yesterday on reports that the company's US operations will shortly file Chapter 11, a possibility it acknowledged in June, saying it would "consider all options" for disposing of the assets it purchased from Exodus Communications and Digital Island.

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Raggett: Eolas Patent ‘A Well Known Idea’

A decade after Dave Raggett began drafting the HTML+ specification, his work has become critical to an effort by the Web's founder and standardbearers to "prevent substantial economic and technical damage" to the Internet.

Documents written by the British pioneer are being cited by The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in urging US officials to invalidate a controversial patent which could cover key Web functionality, including the Internet Explorer web browser and several tags in the HTML standard.

The patent in question is held by the University of California and licensed to Eolas Technologies, which in August won a $521 million court judgment against Microsoft after a jury found that the Internet Explorer browser infringed the UC/Eolas patent.

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Bogus Yellow Pages renewals widely received

Many businesses in the UK are receiving mails asking them to re-register their details with yellovvpages.com. Yellow Pages, operated by Yell, is one of the UK's main telephone and business directories. www.yellovvpages.com with two 'v's is not connected with Yell, or a US business called Yellow Pages.

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November 2003 Web Server Survey

In the November 2003 survey we received responses from 44,946,965 sites.

Apache has a significant percentage gain this month as register.com, a leading domain registrar with a domain parking system serving responses for over one million domains eliminated its Windows front end, and reverted to Linux and Apache which it ran previously. Barely weeks ago its largest rival, Network Solutions made a similar switch from Microsoft-IIS back to SunOne, nee Netscape-Enterprise, for its own domain parking system.

During 2001 and the first half of 2002 several companies hosting very large numbers of hostnames including Webjump, Namezero, Homestead, register.com and Network Solutions migrated to Microsoft-IIS. Subsequently these businesses have either failed, significantly changed their business model, or reverted to their previous platform, and Microsoft-IIS share is now in line with its long term pre-summer 2001 level of around 20%.

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - November 2003

Top Developers
Developer October 2003Percent November 2003Percent Change
Apache 2823597264.61 3029806067.41 2.80
Microsoft 1025222723.46 944918021.02 -2.44
SunONE 15280903.50 15252023.39 -0.11
Zeus 7351791.68 7436111.65 -0.03

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Strong Growth in Top US and European Hosting Providers

This months Hosting Provider dataset shows US and German companies to be making the largest gains over the last month, with the top ten companies evenly spread between Europe and America.

Top Hosting Providers By Growth in Hostnames, Sept 03 to October 03
Hoster Parent Sep 03 Oct 03 Growth % Growth Primary
Region
1&1 Internet AG 3,293,408 3,443,442 150,034 4.6% Europe
GoDaddy Inc 1,373,672 1,467,264 93,592 6.8% America
IP Exchange GmbH 57,242 128,835 71,593 125.1% Europe
EV1Servers.net 550,808 601,393 50,585 9.2% America
Strato AG 1,867,652 1,910,975 43,323 2.3% Europe
NTT/Verio 1,090,419 1,130,789 40,370 3.7% America
Host Europe 492,388 526,971 34,583 7.0% Europe
Yahoo! 486,868 515,306 28,438 5.8% America
ThePlanet.com 71,975 96,157 24,182 33.6% America
Fasthosts 352,224 373,281 21,057 6.0% Europe

The massive 1&1 Internet AG continues to gain the largest number of hostnames (+151K), followed by GoDaddy (+93.5K), which launched a new shared hosting service in August, IP Exchange GmBH (+71.6K) and EV1Servers.Net (50.6K).

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