Linux Hosts Post Strongest February Growth

Linux-based hosting operations posted the strongest hostname growth in February, capturing the top three spots and seven of the top 10 in our monthly Hosting Switching Summary. Leaders Go Daddy (up 117K) and 1&1 Internet AG host the majority of their sites on Linux.

Domain registrar eNom, which recently accelerated up its push into shared hosting, was the fastest-growing Windows-based host. Yahoo was February's strongest performer among FreeBSD hosts, with a gain of 13.8K.

1&1 Internet continued to gain traction in the U.S. hosting market, which accounted for 34K of its gain of 52K hostnames for the month. The German hosting company's American unit launched its paid services on Jan. 21.

Top Hosting Providers By Growth, Jan 04 to Feb 04
Hosting Company Jan 04 Feb 04 Growth %
GoDaddy Inc 1,801,159 1,918,201 117,043 6.5% America
1&1 Internet AG 3,679,246 3,731,294 52,048 1.4% Europe
eNom 594,294 645,548 51,254 8.6% America
The Planet 152,361 191,510 39,149 25.7% America
Rackspace 449,346 480,534 31,188 6.9% America
EV1Servers 681,281 711,690 30,409 4.5% America
Deutsche Telekom 330,436 354,780 24,344 7.4% Europe
MCI 694,420 708,444 14,024 2.0% America
Yahoo 555,440 569,269 13,829 2.5% America
iPowerWeb 174,671 188,083 13,412 7.7% America

Texas companies continued to drive growth in the dedicated hosting sector, as The Planet (Dallas), Rackspace (San Antonio> and EV1Servers (Houston) all grew by more than 30K hostnames. The Planet has started 2004 on a roll, with monthly hostname growth of 22.4% in January and 25.7% in February.

Linux hosting accounted for the entire gain at Rackspace, which offers Windows hosting as well but had a net loss 477 Windows hostnames last month.