Windows Server 2003 doubles active sites since July; 5% were previously running Linux

Windows 2003 continues to increase in total hostname and active sites, with the number of active sites growing 109% to 185K since July 2003.


Largest Microsoft Windows Server 2003
hosting companies by Active sites, Sept 2003
CompanyActive Sites
  1&1 Internet6,027
  InterNed Services5,229
  ViaWest4,099 continues to be the top hoster of active Windows Server 2003 sites, and now has over 98% of their active sites migrated to Windows 2003.

Comparing the sites which are now hosted on Windows 2003 with their operating system in January 2003 shows over 42% of these to be new sites, 49% (153K) to be upgrades from other Windows platforms (mainly Windows 2000), 5% (16.5K) to be migrations from Linux and 1% from FreeBSD (3K) and 1% from Solaris (2.5K).

Notably, the number of sites switching from Linux has proportionately kept pace since July when many commentators thought the 5% of sites switched to Windows 2003 from Linux was an aberration.

SSL Site owners using ISPs rather than Hosting Companies

Companies servicing the largest
numbers of SSL sites, August 2003
Company SSL Sites 6,950 4,243
ATT 4,019
Interland 3,946
Cable and Wireless 3,038
Qwest 2,908
Sprint 2,787

Self hosting is still a popular option for SSL site owners whose sites perform encrypted transactions and ecommerce. When counted by reverse DNS, the largest aggregations of SSL sites are on networks at companies whose main business is selling connectivity rather than hosting.

Of the top seven providers, only Interland is exclusively a hosting provider, although Verio is best known for hosting and all of the others have significant hosting operations. Interland's early focus on the mid-market and the Windows platform, which is favoured by many internet retail sites, has helped create its position as the leading hosting location for encrypted transactions.

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PHP growing surprisingly strongly on Windows

Although PHP is universally thought of as implying Linux, Apache and MySQL, nearly 7% of PHP sites [when counting by ip address] run on Windows. This has doubled over the last year, and on its current growth trajectory PHP will overtake Cold Fusion as the most popular non-Microsoft scripting language used on Windows during the next year.

IP Addresses on Windows Operating System PHP-Windows.PNG

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SCO site down for well over 2 days

Nick Marsh points out that the site has been down for a long time - now over two days so far according to our performance measurements.

failed requests at

At the moment, it is not known whether the SCO site has been successfully attacked, intentionally taken down, has lost connectivity or has simply broken. Continue reading

Linux distribution share likely to change

One company that has a firm grip on its customers' attention is Red Hat, which has made significant changes to the licencing, pricing and support of its Linux distribution. Red Hat is presently the most widely deployed Linux distribution on the websites we find on the internet. However, it is clearly prepared to lose significant market share in an effort to increase revenue.

Companies with the largest current exposure to Red Hat, August 2003
Hosting Company IP Addresses Active Sites Hostnames 11,987 131,326 205,239
Rackspace 6,931 57,852 141,506
Interland 20,587 57,130 119,890

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