Rank Company site OS Outage
DNS Connect First
Total 1 www.singlehop.com Linux 0.000 0.817 0.043 0.090 0.344 2 www.acens.com Linux 0.000 0.257 0.074 0.330 0.566 3 INetU unknown 0:00:00 0.005 0.368 0.028 0.064 0.123 4 Server Intellect Windows Server 2008 0:00:00 0.005 0.602 0.045 0.095 0.190 5 One.com Linux 0:00:00 0.005 0.133 0.098 0.196 0.196 6 ServInt Linux 0:00:00 0.010 0.614 0.020 0.050 0.096 7 iWeb Technologies Linux 0:00:00 0.010 0.138 0.045 0.090 0.090 8 New York Internet FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.014 0.308 0.029 0.064 0.149 9 Verio Linux 0:00:00 0.014 0.655 0.075 0.150 0.150 10 Virtual Internet Linux 0:00:00 0.014 0.662 0.084 0.237 0.493
SingleHop, who in October went skydiving to celebrate a 19.5% revenue increase over the second quarter of 2009, came joint first by responding to all of Netcraft's requests. SingleHop's main site runs PHP and uses Apache on Linux.
Acens joined SingleHop at the top of the table in October. This is the second time Acens has been in the top spot this year, the other being in March. Acens is a Spanish hosting company that was set up in 1997. Like SingleHop, Acen's website is powered by PHP on an Apache sever and Linux operating system.
INetU narrowly missed out on first place this time, but has been in the top ten for nine out of ten months this year. INetU's homepage is powered by PHP and runs on Apache. In October's top ten most reliable hosting companies seven are running their website on Linux, one Windows Server 2008 and one FreeBSD.
Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of fifty leading hosting providers' sites. The performance measurements are made at fifteen minute intervals from separate points around the internet, and averages are calculated over the immediately preceding 24 hour period.
From a customer's point of view, the percentage of failed requests is more pertinent than outages on hosting companies' own sites, as this gives a pointer to reliability of routing, and this is why we choose to rank our table by fewest failed requests, rather than shortest periods of outage.
Further information on the measurement process and current measurements are available.
Ubuntu.com was unavailable for some short periods during yesterday's release of Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala":
The 9.10 versions of Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, Mythbuntu, and Ubuntu Studio were also released at the same time.
The Ubuntu.com website is itself powered by an Ubuntu server running Apache 2.2.8. Netcraft's October Web Server Survey found a total of 1.4 million websites being served from known Ubuntu machines, nearly all of which were running the open source Apache web server.
The White House launched a new version of its website on Saturday. While little has changed on the surface, the underlying technology is now powered by the open source Drupal content management system.
The www.whitehouse.gov site was previously served by Microsoft IIS 6.0, but the new server software identifies itself as "White House". The new site continues to use Akamai's content delivery network for caching.
Drupal is the 6th largest PHP-based content management system in Netcraft's Web Server Survey, being found on more than 400,000 websites. Drupal's security will no doubt be put to the test in the coming weeks, as the White House website has always stood as an obvious target for hackers. Drupal's security team has a full disclosure policy of announcing security problems after they have been fixed, rather than withholding the information from its users.
Drupal's core security advisories are made public at http://drupal.org/security. Eight advisories have been published so far this year, which have included two highly critical file inclusion flaws which could have allowed remote attackers to execute code on Windows servers.
Following its initial announcement on April 23, Yahoo! will today close down its GeoCities free hosting service and delete all GeoCities files from their servers. Existing members are being encouraged to move their sites to the commercial Yahoo! Web Hosting service, and GeoCities Plus customers will be able to upgrade to Yahoo! Web Hosting at no extra charge.
Not all traces of GeoCities will disappear after today — Yahoo! states that existing GeoCities email addresses will continue to work, and the Internet Archive has been working to archive as many sites as possible before GeoCities closes today.
Free hosting services have always been attractive to fraudsters, and the speculation over the profitably of GeoCities may not have been the only reason for today's closure — nearly all of the phishing attacks hosted on geocities.com this month were actually targeted against its owner, Yahoo!. Although Yahoo! stopped accepting new registrations on April 23, the number of phishing attacks hosted at geocities.com has seen a surge in October. Of the 930 confirmed phishing sites hosted at GeoCities in 2009, 143 of these were reported this month.
Today's closure will no doubt inconvenience some fraudsters, but other free hosting services are available, and indeed, plenty of these are already used to host phishing sites.
In the October 2009 survey, we received responses from 230,443,449 sites. Apache is responsible for more than 60% of this month's total growth of 4.3 million sites.
Apache gained 2.6 million sites in total, including 748 thousand new Apache sites at German hosting company Hetzner Online. Many of Hetzner's new sites are using the dyns.cx dynamic DNS service, which allows customers to use hostnames such as yourname.dyns.cx to point to IP addresses at Hetzner.
Despite Apache's overall growth, it suffered a loss of 646 thousand sites in the United States. This loss is largely attributable to The Planet, where 1.4 million expired hostnames resulted in a net loss of 706 thousand sites.
nginx showed significant growth again this month, with 1.1 million additional sites bringing its total up to 13.8 million. This web server software is particularly predominant at China Telecom, where it is used by more than 80% of their 7.9 million websites. China Telecom also showed the largest gain in nginx sites this month, contributing more than half a million sites to the worldwide gain of 1.1 million. 424 thousand of these new nginx sites belong to blogs at 163.com.Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - October 2009
Developer September 2009 Percent October 2009 Percent Change Apache 105,416,925 46.62% 108,078,535 46.90% 0.28 Microsoft 49,615,010 21.94% 49,723,999 21.58% -0.37 qq.com 30,069,048 13.30% 30,069,136 13.05% -0.25 13,767,338 6.09% 13,819,947 6.00% -0.09 nginx 12,676,238 5.61% 13,813,997 5.99% 0.39
Rank Company site OS Outage
DNS Connect First
Total 1 Hosting 4 Less Linux 0.000 0.194 0.112 0.228 0.574 2 Server Intellect Windows Server 2008 0.000 0.252 0.115 0.233 0.519 3 DataPipe FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.005 0.192 0.008 0.017 0.017 4 Virtual Internet Linux 0:00:00 0.005 0.052 0.044 0.149 0.246 5 www.green.ch F5 BIG-IP 0:00:00 0.005 0.274 0.055 0.723 0.891 6 INetU unknown 0:00:00 0.005 0.166 0.061 0.129 0.253 7 Pair Networks FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.005 0.315 0.087 0.178 0.440 8 www.netcetera.co.uk Windows Server 2003 0:00:00 0.010 0.215 0.032 0.067 0.159 9 www.navisite.com Linux 0:00:00 0.010 0.313 0.063 0.597 0.746 10 New York Internet FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.010 0.261 0.072 0.149 0.362
Server Intellect marks its second consecutive month as one of the most reliable hosting company sites, managing to respond to every request made by Netcraft's globally distributed performance monitors. Their site is powered by ASP.NET and uses IIS 7.0 on Windows Server 2008. The company achieved Microsoft Security Solutions Competency earlier this year, which is their fourth competency within the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program.
Hosting 4 Less was the only other company to respond to all of Netcraft's requests throughout September, earning it joint first place with Server Intellect. Hosting 4 Less partnered with buySAFE in June, enabling their customers to use buySAFE Bonding on their websites for free.
DataPipe was one of the most reliable hosting company sites in August, and only narrowly missed out on the same achievement in September. DataPipe has shown some good results over the past six months, notching up five top-ten appearances, including three first places.
Hosting 4 Less uses the Apache web server on Linux to run its main site. In total, three of September's top ten hosting companies use Linux and another three use FreeBSD. Netcetera is still using Windows Server 2003, while green.ch uses an F5 BIG-IP device.(more...)