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.
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.
After a funding drought of more than two-and-a-half years, US web hosting
companies are again raising money through public stock offerings. On Friday, Internet exchange operator Equinix Inc.
raised $105 million by selling 5.5 million shares of common stock, with strong demand leading the company to issue 2 million shares more than initially planned. The Equinix sale, along with a
$6.9 million initial public offering Nov. 10 by Access Integrated
, marked the first public stock sales by American hosting specialists since
Loudcloud's IPO in March 2001.
The stock sales end a lengthy period in which hosting and data center
providers were frozen out of Wall Street following the collapse of the
Internet and telecom bubbles. The disappointing IPO by Loudcloud was viewed
by many as the last gasp of the dot-com boom. Bankruptcies of publicly-held
companies like Global Crossing, WorldCom, Exodus Communications, PSINet and
Metromedia Fiber only deepened investor disdain for telecom and hosting shares.
A table of the top Windows Server 2003 Hosters is provided as an excerpt from our Hosting Provider Server Count.
Top Windows Server 2003 Hosters October 03|
by Web Facing Server Count
Parent Company||Computers||Active Sites||Hostnames|
|1&1 Internet AG
The survey shows over 3,700 Windows Server 2003 servers already deployed worldwide in hosting environments, growing from 250 in March of this year, with some 17,000 in self hosted environments.
The largest collection of hostnames on Windows 2003 is being run by eNom, a domain registrar based in Bellevue, near Microsoft's headquarters.
However, it is interesting that the dedicated providers such as EV1Servers and ServerBeach appear to have sold more Win2003 machines than companies with a big installed base of Windows 2000 servers. In particular, EV1Servers has only been offering Windows as an option since August. EV1Servers and ServerBeach are growing at such a rate that it is not inconcievable that they could maintain the lead, even as the traditional Win2000 hosting companies migrate their customers over to the new operating system.
Several of the world's largest hosting companies are slashing registration
prices for domain names, undercutting even the cheapest domain registrars.
Hostway started the price-cutting in May when it lowered its domain prices to $6.95 a year, and in August EV1Servers began selling domains for just $5. Now
the world's largest host, 1&1 Internet, is offering domains for $5.99 a year as it launches its US hosting service.
1&1 Internet registered 9,000 co.uk domains between Oct. 21 and Nov. 3 after setting prices at $3.35 a year (£1.99). EV1Servers experienced a similar surge, registering 10,000 domains in the first month of $5 pricing. "Our low cost registration service has
not only benefited existing clients but also given us the opportunity to
work with many new users," said Mario Rodriguez, EV1Servers' Customer Service Manager.
Smaller providers are also offering aggressive pricing - or none at all. Yesterday DotCanada began offering free domains to any hosting customers who commit to a 12-month plan, with no limit on the number of domains.