January 1st - 31st 2007
New York Internet, a colocation specialist, also tied for the best performance last month, and has now finished atop the survey nine times since 2003. Web.com, which specializes in small business hosting, makes its first appearance at the top of the list since 2005, when it was known as Interland and was Most Reliable three times. iWeb8 is a Montreal-based hosting provider that also rebranded in 2006 (it was previously known as iWeb Technologies). iWeb8 is a public company that has grown through acquisition, buying eight other hosting companies since 1998.
Six of the 10 most most reliable hosts run their web sites on Linux, while three use FreeBSD and one is powered by Windows.
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 customers’ point of view, the percentage of failed requests is more pertinent than outages on the 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.
Fuller information on the measurement process and current measurements are available.