July 2007 Web Server Survey

In the July 2007 survey we received responses from 125,626,329 sites, an increase of 3.62 million sites from the June survey. Recent trends hold steady this month, with the Internet's strong growth continuing apace and Microsoft making additional inroads into Apache's leadership in web server market share. The web has grown by 20.4 million sites thus far this year, slightly behind the growth rate from 2006, when the survey added a record 30.9 million sites.

Microsoft adds 2.4 million sites this month, pushing the total number of sites running on Windows servers past 40 million, and helping Microsoft improve its market share by 1.01% to 32.8%. The open source Apache server has an increase of 556K, and slips back 1.11% to 52.65%. Google gains 592K sites this month, and now has 4.35% share.

In active sites, Apache is now at 49.98% share, less than 14.5% ahead of Microsoft. While that's still a considerable lead, Apache had a 33.4% advantage at this time last July, meaning Microsoft has cut its deficit in half in the past 12 months.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - July 2007

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - July 2007

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

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Tiscali is Most Reliable Hosting Company In June 2007

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
June 1st - 30th 2007


Tiscali is the most reliable hosting company site for June 2007, followed closely by DataPipe and EasyNet. This marks the second time Tiscali has edged out Datapipe, duplicating the result from last November.

Tiscali, a European provider of hosting and Internet access services, finished atop our table three times in 2006 and once in 2005. Tiscali is based in Cagliari, Italy, with operations in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and Czech Republic. The company offers shared hosting, dedicated servers, colocation and domain names in addition to a wide range of telecom services.

Web.com, which is ninth in our rankings this month and led the table in January 2007, was acquired by WebSitePros last week.

Two of the 10 most most reliable hosts run their web sites on Windows, four on Linux and two on FreeBSD.

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Performance Issues for Yahoo

Yahoo's web sites experienced brief performance problems earlier today, with users in some areas experiencing more significant problems than others. Yahoo is one of the world's busiest web sites (currently the number two Web destination for users of the Netcraft toolbar), and thus the outages have been noted by the Internet Storm Center and news outlets. The yahoo.com home page was inaccessible for several hours from our London monitoring station and responded more slowly than usual from several locations in the U.S. Yahoo search appears to have experienced lengthier availability problems than the home page and other Yahoo services.

Yahoo's performance problems can be seen on this chart:

yahoo.com site performance

A dynamically updating chart of the Yahoo.com web site performance is available. Netcraft offers a web site performance monitoring service that provides similar charts, along with e-mail alerts when an outage occurs.

IXEurope Acquired by Equinix

UK-based colocation provider IXEurope has agreed to be acquired by U.S. data center specialist Equinix for £240.9 million ($482 million U.S.), the two companies said Thursday. The deal continues an aggressive global expansion for Equinix, which has data centers in major markets across the U.S. and Asia and is investing more than $500 million in new data centers in the United States.

IXEurope operates 14 data centers throughout Europe, including centers in London, Zurich, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, Dusseldorf and Geneva. The company’s 450 customers - which include Rackspace, Attenda, Merrill Lynch, Avis Europe, Deutsche Boerse and Citigroup - should see little change in the near-term, as the entire executive team of IXEurope will continue with the company as Equinix UK, based in London. Equinix often invests in infrastructure upgrades for its acquired data centers, but said this won't be required for IXEurope's facilities.

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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.