IPOWER, Endurance International Announce Merger

Shared hosting specialists IPOWER and Endurance International are merging in a deal designed to provide the combined company with the scale and resources to compete with Internet titans like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Go Daddy. The merger, which closed on May 4, will create a shared hosting company with 1.19 million hostnames and more than 580,000 active sites, according to Netcraft's Hosting Provider Switching Analysis.

While Endurance has made more than two dozen acquisitions of shared hosting companies, the deal with IPOWER is structured as a merger of equals, and both companies will continue to operate as unique entities with their own brands, according to Jean McCarthy, a spokesperson for Endurance. The deal allows the companies to benefit from their respective strengths, McCarthy said.

Endurance has grown primarily through acquisitions, and is known for its operational efficiency, particularly in migrating acquired hosting customers onto its technology platform. IPOWER, also known as iPowerWeb, is recognized for its marketing and customer acquisition capabilities, which have helped it achieve strong organic growth. "They're two very strong skillsets," McCarthy said.

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Rackspace, Easynet and Easyspace Most Reliable Hosting Companies In April 2007

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

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Rackspace, Easynet and Easyspace are the most reliable hosting companies for April 2007, followed closely by New York Internet and Pair Networks.

The three leaders each had a perfect month, with no downtime and no failed requests for their corporate sites during an entire month of monitoring from eight locations around the globe. Rackspace continues to build upon its stellar uptime performance, having finished at the top of the survey six times in 2006. On April 30 the San Antonio-based managed hosting provider reported record 2006 revenues of $224 million, a 61 percent improvement over 2005. Rackspace said it added more than 3,000 new customers in 2006.

This marks the first time that either Easynet or Easyspace have been the most reliable host in our monthly performance tracking. Easynet is a pan-European managed hosting provider with operations in the UK, Belgium, Germany , France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Easyspace is the web hosting arm of the iomart group plc, a UK internet services specialist.

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

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May 2007 Web Server Survey

In the May 2007 survey we received responses from 118,023,363 sites, an increase of nearly 4.4 million sites from last month. The Internet has added 12.8 million web sites thus far in 2007, roughly on pace with growth in 2006, when the Web gained a record 30.9 million sites.

With this month's survey, Netcraft has begun tracking Google's custom web server software known as GFE (Google Front End), which is currently found on 2.7 million hostnames, or 2.3% of all sites. Google customizes its web infrastructure, with in-house solutions for software and hardware, including energy-efficient servers and power supplies. GFE is the server found on Blogger sites at blogspot.com, while Google uses GWS (Google Web Server) on some other services, although none with the volume of hostnames seen at Blogger.

The GFE hostnames had previously been grouped under Apache, which sees a reduction in sites. As a result, Apache's market share slips by 2.86 percent to 56 percent, while Windows has a modest gain of 0.36% to 31.5 percent.

Total Sites Across All Domains August 1995 - May 2007

Total Sites Across All Domains, August 1995 - May 2007

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

Top Developers
DeveloperApril 2007PercentMay 2007PercentChange
Apache6689948558.866608769856.00-2.86
Microsoft3538012131.133717029031.490.36
Sun19076101.6821412521.810.13
lighttpd13828431.2214117881.20-0.02
Zeus4888380.434919890.42-0.01

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DataPipe, Navisite, MyHosting.com and iWeb8.com Most Reliable Hosting Companies In March 2007

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

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DataPipe, Navisite, MyHosting.com and iWeb8 are the most reliable hosting companies for March 2007, followed closely by New York Internet and Webfusion. This marks the first time in the top spot of our monthly rankings for NaviSite and My Hosting.com, although each have been among the top 10 a number of times. DataPipe has been the most reliable host fives times previously, while iWeb8 was the top performer in January.

NaviSite is a managed hosting company in Andover, Mass., that also provides content distribution services. Navisite is publicly held, and was among the best performing U.S. stocks in the infrastructure sector in 2006, when its shares rose 457 percent. It has 950 customers in 14 data centers in the US, UK and India.

MyHosting.com is the hosting arm of SoftCom Technology Consulting, which also operates the mail2web email service. MyHosting.com is based in Toronto, Canada and was founded in 1997. The company specializes in hosting on the Microsoft platform, but added Linux hosting in 2004.

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

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Microsoft Patches Critical MCMS Security Hole

Microsoft's latest security updates include a patch for a security hole in Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) discovered by Netcraft's Martyn Tovey. Microsoft update MS07-18 addresses two issues in MCMS, including a cross-site scripting and spoofing vulnerability that was reported to Microsoft by Netcraft.

"The vulnerability could allow the injection of a client-side script in the user's browser," Microsoft notes in its summary. "In a Web-based attack scenario a compromised Web site could accept or host user-provided content or advertisements which could contain specially crafted content that could exploit this vulnerability. The script could take any action on the user's behalf that the Web site is authorized to take. This could include monitoring the Web session and forwarding information to a third party, running other code on the user's system, and reading or writing cookies."

Microsoft Content Management Server allows developers to build complex web sites atop the .NET framework, and is typically used to manage enterprise portals and e-commerce sites. Many of the functions of MCMS 2002 have been integrated into Office SharePoint Server 2007 product. MCMS continues to be widely used, and was found on more than 5,000 sites last year.

Netcraft provides a Web Application Testing service that rigorously tests the defenses of Internet networks and applications. It is part of the Audited by Netcraft service, which provides a range of advanced Internet security tests.

Hostway Acquires Affinity Internet

Hostway Corporation has acquired Affinity Internet Inc. in a deal that will combine two U.S.-based hosting operations focused on the business market, the two companies announced today. Hostway CEO Lucas Roh will lead the combined entity, which Hostway said would have 600,000 customers, 750 employees and a presence in 11 countries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition was described as "the conclusion of a long and involved process that took many months," and will provide Hostway with the scale and breadth of services to compete in a changing hosting landscape. Affinity operates multiple hosting brands, including ValueWeb, Gate.com and BigStep.com, and also offers private-label hosting programs for third-party clients including eBay.

The deal will give Hostway more than 553K hostnames, plus additional sites from Affinity's private-label hosting, placing the combined entity among the world's 30 largest hosting providers, according to Netcraft's Hosting Provider Switching Analysis.

“By joining forces, we have an increased global scale, scope, human capital and financial strength to continue to deliver superior service levels and innovative products, which Hostway and Affinity have both built valuable brands and reputations on," said Roh. "Our first and main focus through this acquisition has been to ensure that customers of both company’s do not experience any disruption in current services and in fact bolster it further." Continue reading