New York Internet and WestHost are the Most Reliable Hosting Companies in December 2008

Rank Company site OS Outage
DNS Connect First
1 New York Internet FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.014  0.011 0.039 0.080 0.212
2 Linux  0:00:00  0.014  0.001 0.058 0.119 0.238
3 Hosting 4 Less Linux  0:00:00  0.019  0.056 0.060 0.124 0.249
4 F5 Big-IP  0:00:00  0.019  0.202 0.128 0.331 0.713
5 Windows Server 2003  0:00:00  0.024  0.002 0.108 0.215 0.215
6 Swishmail FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.029  0.001 0.040 0.080 0.206
7 Linux  0:00:00  0.029  0.002 0.041 0.087 0.128
8 Linux  0:00:00  0.029  0.009 0.103 0.207 0.415
9 FreeBSD  0:00:00  0.034  0.078 0.046 0.106 0.303
10 Linux  0:00:00  0.034  0.085 0.087 0.174 0.174

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New York Internet and WestHost are the most reliable hosting company sites for December 2008. New York Internet sees its third consecutive appearance in the top ten, while WestHost becomes the most reliable hosting company for the second month in a row.

Established in 1996, New York Internet is located in the heart of the Wall Street area and owns and maintains its own data centers. The company's core services include dedicated servers, colocation and virtual web hosting. New York Internet uses Apache on FreeBSD to host its own site.

WestHost uses Linux for its main site and hosts more than 70,000 other websites. Their services include shared web hosting, dedicated servers, reseller hosting and domain name registration. WestHost's data center is SAS 70 Type II certified and constructed from nine base isolation units bolted on top of a 3.5ft reinforced matte footing, which helps to absorb shock during earthquakes.

In total, half of December's top ten hosting companies use Linux for their main company site, while three use FreeBSD. uses the F5 BIG-IP device and Easynet uses Windows Server 2003.

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.