Web.com Bought by WebSite Pros

WebSite Pros has acquired Web.com for $129 million in a deal that reflects the growing importance of marketing services in the small business hosting market. WebSitePros is a publicly-held Jacksonville, Fla. company specializing in web design and Internet marketing, and will pay the equivalent of $6.52 a share for Web.com, which is the successor to hosting pioneer Interland.

Web.com has long been the focus of buyout rumors amid active consolidation in the U.S. web hosting industry, as mid-market players seek to scale up to compete with the huge platforms of Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Go Daddy. The combined company will have more than $117 million in annual revenue and 234,000 paid customers, the companies said in a press release. Web.com currently hosts 318K hostnames, while WebSite Pros hosts a modest 43K sites. By comparison, Microsoft and Google each gained more than 500K hostnames during May.

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Windows Server 2008 Sighted at www.microsoft.com and around the web

Microsoft has recently switched its main website, www.microsoft.com to Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft-IIS/7.0.

Although Windows Server 2008 is not yet released, Beta 3 is publicly available for early adopters to use. Internet Information Server 7 is already released, but will probably not see widespread use until Windows Server 2008 (formerly "Longhorn") is released, since it only runs on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista.

There are already around 2,600 sites running Windows Server 2008 on the Internet. Whilst some of the servers running Windows Server 2008 are at Microsoft itself, the majority are not, with developers and hosting companies taking advantage of Windows Server 2008's availability under a Go Live license which allows the beta to be used for testing or in a live environment without cost.

Windows Server 2008 is due to be released in the second half of 2007, although there has been media speculation - fueled by the 2008 name - that a release may be at the end of that period. Once it is released, it could be expected to take a long time for large numbers of sites to move over to the latest version; it took several years for the installed base of Windows Server 2003 to overtake Windows 2000, and there are still some 5 million sites running on Windows 2000 even today.

Rackspace and New York Internet Most Reliable Hosting Companies In May 2007

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
May 1st - 31st 2007

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Rackspace and , New York Internet are the most reliable hosting companies for May 2007, followed closely by DataPipe, Verio, GoDaddy and Kattare.

With this month's results, Rackspace and New York Internet continue to reinforce their track records as industry leaders in reliability. Rackspace, a managed hosting provider based in San Antonio, Texas led our monthly reliability survey six times in 2006 and twice thus far in 2007. On May 23 the company announced $70 million in financing to support future hardware purchases and expansion of its data center network. New York Internet, a colocation specialist in New York's financial district, makes its 10th appearance atop the leaderboard since 2003.

iPowerWeb is ninth in the May rankings with no downtime, but experienced a major outage yesterday, which affected customer sites as well as the company homepage.

Three of the 10 most most reliable hosts run their web sites on Linux, two on Windows, three on FreeBSD and one on Solaris.

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June 2007 Web Server Survey

In the June 2007 survey we received responses from 122,000,635 sites, an increase of 3.97 million sites from the May survey. This month we have expanded our graph of server software publishers to include Google, primarily due to Blogger's move from Apache to GFE.

The change at Blogger which commenced last month is primarily responsible for the further decline of 2.2% in Apache's headline market share, and most of the larger 7.4% decline in active sites. Although not a server product like Apache or Microsoft-IIS, Google's services are an increasingly popular alternative platform for running a blog or simple web site (googlepages.com), or content that would have formly been hosted on a desktop or networked filesystem (e.g. spreadsheets.google.com).

Google debuts with a 3.99% share of the server market in hostnames, and a 6.59% share in active sites. Most of those sites were previously running on Apache.

This month's data also yields some of the strongest evidence yet of the power shift in web hosting, with search portals and domain registrars experiencing enormous growth while paid hosting specialists lag behind. Microsoft (+532K) and Google (+521K) each gain more than half a million sites, while Go Daddy (+455K) and Demand Media (+245K) continue to amass huge numbers of users on their hosting platforms. This trend, along with the growth of social networks and image/video hosting services, is prompting deals in the hosting industry as providers seek the scale and breadth of services to compete.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - June 2007

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - June 2007

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - June 2007

Top Developers
DeveloperMay 2007PercentJune 2007PercentChange
Apache6608769856.006558829853.76-2.24
Microsoft3717029031.493883603031.830.34
Google27530412.3348727653.991.66
Sun21412521.8122731731.860.05
lighttpd14117881.2014709301.210.01
Zeus4919890.424806980.39-0.03

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Go Daddy Assumes 850,000 RegisterFly Domains

Embattled registrar RegisterFly will transfer 850,000 domain names to GoDaddy.com, the world's largest domain registrar under an agreement brokered by ICANN, the parties announced today. The move will be welcome news to domain owners who have been unable to manage their names since RegisterFly collapsed into financial and management turmoil in February.

"We worked with ICANN to effect a migration of the RegisterFly domains to GoDaddy.com and help those customers left in limbo,” said GoDaddy.com CEO and Founder Bob Parsons. “It’s what many RegisterFly customers asked us to do. After they are moved over to GoDaddy.com, all RegisterFly customers will once again be able to manage and renew their domain names with confidence and will also enjoy the world-class support we provide all our customers. We expect the move to be completed over the next week."

"The RegisterFly situation has been extremely difficult -- first and foremost for registrants, as well as for the entire registry and registrar community," said Dr Paul Twomey, ICANN's President and CEO. "The GoDaddy.com agreement is the best possible solution for RegisterFly customers since it’s a direct and automatic transfer to a competent and experienced customer service oriented organization."

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P2P Networks Hijacked for DDoS Attacks

Peer-to-peer networks are being hijacked to launch an increasing number of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on web sites, according to security researchers and network service providers. In these attacks, large numbers of client computers running P2P software are tricked into requesting a file from the intended target of the DDoS, allowing the attacker to use the P2P network to overwhelm the target site with traffic.

These type of attacks had been discussed in papers by security researchers last year, but began appearing on the Internet in early 2007 and have accelerated in recent weeks, according to Prolexic Technologies, which specializes in DDoS defense. In a May 14 advisory, Prolexic reported an increase in the number and frequency of attacks. "The rash of large P2P attacks we have seen in the last month is a perfect example of how the DDoS problem constantly evolves," said Darren Rennick, CEO of Prolexic. "Until January of this year we had never seen a peer-to-peer network subverted and used for an attack. We now see them constantly being subverted."

The company said as many as 100,000 machines had been used in some of the attacks. The peer-to-peer DDoSes may be attractive to attackers, as they don't require the use of an existing "botnet" of compromised computers.

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