Most Reliable Hosting Companies in November 2008

Rank Company site OS Outage
DNS Connect First
1 DataPipe FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.005  0.038 0.019 0.039 0.039
2 FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.005  0.154 0.068 0.227 9.232
3 Linux  0:00:00  0.005  0.005 0.071 0.142 0.142
4 Linux  0:00:00  0.005  0.005 0.073 0.149 0.312
5 Linux  0:00:00  0.005  0.005 0.073 0.153 0.227
6 Server Intellect Windows Server 2003  0:00:00  0.005  0.088 0.103 0.210 0.573
7 Windows Server 2003  0:00:00  0.005  0.102 0.111 0.224 0.573
8 Linux  0:00:00  0.005  0.024 0.135 0.271 0.554
9 Swishmail FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.010  0.007 0.059 0.120 0.308
10 New York Internet FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.010  0.013 0.062 0.127 0.297

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DataPipe,, iWeb, WestHost, Hurricane Electric, Server Intellect, Canada Web Hosting and Tiscali are the most reliable hosting company sites for November 2008. Unusually, there are eight companies sharing the top spot this month, each showing only 1 failed request throughout November.

Of these eight companies, the top two by average connection time (DataPipe and both use FreeBSD to run their main websites. In November, DataPipe was named among New Jersey's fastest growing companies.

Linux is used by four of November's most reliable hosting companies. This includes Montreal-based iWeb, which has been providing internet hosting infrastructure for 12 years, and WestHost, which has been providing web hosting for 10 years. Linux is also used by Hurricane Electric and Tiscali, both of which have already featured as the most reliable hosting companies earlier this year.

Two of this month's most reliable hosting companies use Windows Server 2003 to power their sites: Server Intellect is a privately owned company located in Florida and offers dedicated servers, shared hosting and virtual servers. Canada Web Hosting also uses Windows Server 2003 for its main site, but offers managed hosting on both Windows and Linux.

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 customer's point of view, the percentage of failed requests is more pertinent than outages on 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.

Further information on the measurement process and current measurements are available.