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Rank Performance Graph OS Outage
hh:mm:ss
Failed
Req%
DNS Connect First
byte
Total
1 Datapipe Linux 0:00:00 0.000 0.130 0.012 0.025 0.032
2 Qube Managed Services Linux 0:00:00 0.000 0.130 0.058 0.119 0.119
3 CWCS Linux 0:00:00 0.004 0.213 0.070 0.175 0.175
4 Anexia Linux 0:00:00 0.004 0.245 0.081 0.176 0.176
5 One.com Linux 0:00:00 0.009 0.180 0.038 0.108 0.108
6 New York Internet FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.017 0.340 0.026 0.055 0.217
7 Netcetera Linux 0:00:00 0.017 0.094 0.074 0.151 0.151
8 EveryCity SmartOS 0:00:00 0.026 0.110 0.072 0.146 0.146
9 Aruba Windows Server 2012 0:00:00 0.039 0.176 0.080 0.168 0.168
10 www.viawest.com Linux 0:00:00 0.048 0.272 0.006 0.200 0.200

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Datapipe had the most reliable hosting company site in November, successfully responding to all requests. Datapipe has been in the top ten for ten months in 2016 and has a 100% uptime record over the last ten years. Datapipe was named as the top Cloud Service Provider for 2016 by Talkin’ Cloud in their 2016 Cloud 100 Research report.

Qube Managed Services took second place also with no failed requests, but a slower average connection time than Datapipe. Qube has been in the top ten for nine months this year, including last month when they topped the list. Qube has data centres in London, New York, and Zurich, offering cloud services, managed services, and colocation.

CWCS came in third place with only one failed request in November, narrowly beating Anexia which also had one failed request, but a slightly slower average connection time. CWCS was awarded PCI DSS Level 1 Service Provider Status in August for its primary data centre in Nottingham.

Linux is again the predominantly used operating system, powering seven of the top ten company sites. EveryCity continues to be the only provider in the top 10 that uses SmartOS.

Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of around forty 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. In the event the number of failed requests are equal then sites are ranked by average connection times.

Information on the measurement process and current measurements is available.

Posted by Netcraft on 5th December, 2016 in Hosting, Performance

In the November 2016 survey we received responses from 1,436,724,046 sites and 6,225,374 web-facing computers, reflecting a gain of 7 million sites and 81,000 computers.

nginx was the only major vendor to gain hostnames this month, increasing its site count by 6.1 million, while Apache and Microsoft lost 16.6 million and 12.4 million.

Outweighing the existing major vendors, LiteSpeed demonstrated the largest hostname growth after it gained more than 40 million sites – a remarkable 740% increase. LiteSpeed's growth included 38 million existing sites that were hosted by OVH, and previously using Taobao's Tengine web server, which consequently suffered the largest loss of sites this month. The sites involved in this movement—nearly all of which make use of the .science TLD—are now hosted by Amazon Web Services. As a result of these changes, LiteSpeed's market share of sites has leapt from 0.39% to 3.29%, taking it from 10th to 4th place – while Tengine has been displaced to 5th.

Using the less-volatile web-facing computers metric, Apache showed the largest growth this month with an increase of 39,900 computers, while nginx was not too far behind with net growth of 32,881. Despite LiteSpeed's large hostname growth, it gained only a modest sum of 312 computers (+3.4%), making it the 7th largest vendor by this metric.

OpenResty gained significant traction in September after millions of Tumblr blogs switched from using nginx. This month, OpenResty gained a further 560 web-facing computers (+7.8%), taking its total up to 7,700. It also gained half a million more sites, but not all of the new sites are used by Tumblr blogs this time, which indicates growing interest amongst other users. More than a tenth of the new sites found using OpenResty in November are being used to serve PHPWind forum installations hosted by Raksmart in China, and thousands more new OpenResty sites are found at the likes of Fastly, DigitalOcean and Amazon Web Services.

Microsoft's latest server software, IIS 10.0, has yet to make significant inroads on the web, with the total number of sites using it still floating around 10,000; however, its primary platform—Windows Server 2016—has only been available since October. Preview releases have been available for several months, though, and so the number of web-facing computers using Windows Server 2016 has gradually been creeping up. Netcraft found a total of 4,347 Windows Server 2016 computers in the November survey.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

DeveloperOctober 2016PercentNovember 2016PercentChange
Microsoft637,583,71744.61%625,173,66443.51%-1.09
Apache340,793,66223.84%324,174,41722.56%-1.28
nginx196,861,41513.77%202,932,12214.12%0.35
Google21,516,3081.51%20,689,2731.44%-0.07
Web server market share for active sites

DeveloperOctober 2016PercentNovember 2016PercentChange
Apache82,052,68846.30%80,012,25146.67%0.37
nginx32,968,25918.60%31,239,61518.22%-0.38
Microsoft16,434,9039.27%15,257,7248.90%-0.37
Google14,396,8678.12%13,607,8647.94%-0.19

For more information see Active Sites

Web server market share for top million busiest sites

DeveloperOctober 2016PercentNovember 2016PercentChange
Apache423,95942.40%421,78342.18%-0.22
nginx277,97527.80%278,34927.83%0.04
Microsoft107,41910.74%105,96310.60%-0.15
Google19,4791.95%18,8631.89%-0.06
Web server market share for computers

DeveloperOctober 2016PercentNovember 2016PercentChange
Apache2,824,42445.97%2,864,28846.01%0.04
Microsoft1,530,78124.91%1,532,51324.62%-0.30
nginx1,069,47917.41%1,102,36017.71%0.30
Posted by Netcraft on 22nd November, 2016 in Web Server Survey
Rank Performance Graph OS Outage
hh:mm:ss
Failed
Req%
DNS Connect First
byte
Total
1 Qube Managed Services Linux 0:00:00 0.000 0.153 0.059 0.122 0.122
2 One.com Linux 0:00:00 0.008 0.208 0.038 0.112 0.112
3 Hyve Managed Hosting Linux 0:00:00 0.013 0.104 0.058 0.123 0.123
4 ServerStack Linux 0:00:00 0.013 0.132 0.061 0.124 0.124
5 CWCS Linux 0:00:00 0.013 0.214 0.071 0.170 0.170
6 Datapipe Linux 0:00:00 0.017 0.149 0.012 0.024 0.031
7 Webair Internet Development Linux 0:00:00 0.017 0.160 0.052 0.105 0.107
8 Pickaweb Linux 0:00:00 0.021 0.141 0.005 0.154 0.154
9 SimpleServers Linux 0:00:00 0.021 0.126 0.005 0.155 0.155
10 XILO Communications Ltd. Linux 0:00:00 0.021 0.234 0.067 0.136 0.136

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Qube Managed Services had the most reliable hosting company site in October, successfully responding to every request we made during the month. Qube has been in the top ten for eight months so far this year. Qube recently selected Epsilon to deliver its CloudLX connectivity platform, which will offer its customers direct access to on-demand Ethernet services.

One.com took second place in October with just two failed requests. This managed hosting provider was recently awarded Editor's Choice by Netzsieger's 2016 hosting comparison for its product coverage, performance, security, and support.

Hyve Managed Hosting came in third place with just three failed requests in October. This UK-based hosting provider specialises in mission-critical hosting, which is reflected in their 100% uptime since we started monitoring www.hyve.com in July. Fourth-place ServerStack and fifth-place CWCS also had three failed requests in October, with the tie being broken using the average connect time.

Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of around forty 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. In the event the number of failed requests are equal then sites are ranked by average connection times.

Information on the measurement process and current measurements is available.

Posted by Netcraft on 3rd November, 2016 in Hosting, Performance
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosts on honor cordon for United Kingdom's Secretary of State for Defense Phillip Hammond at the Pentagon May 2, 2013 (Pic 3)

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Netcraft is in the news today after the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced plans to work with us to develop better automatic defences to reduce the impact of cyber attacks affecting the UK.

There is coverage in the Independent which says "Mr Hammond will set out plans to work in partnership with firms such as internet security company Netcraft to develop better automatic defences", ARS Technica notes "Number 11 said it would work closely with industry partners such as Bath-based Netcraft" while TechCrunch observes "One company the government is highlighting here is Netcraft for “automated defence techniques to reduce the impact of cyber-attacks.”"

Her Majesty's Government's own announcement outlines Netcraft's role in the cyber security strategy:

The strategy sets out how government will strengthen its own defences as well as making sure industry takes the right steps to protect Critical National Infrastructure in sectors like energy and transport. We will do this through working in partnership with industry - including companies such as the innovative SME Netcraft - to use automated defence techniques to reduce the impact of cyber-attacks [...]. Previously a website serving web-inject malware would stay active for over a month- now it is less than two days. UK-based phishing sites would remain active for a day- now it is less than an hour. And phishing sites impersonating government’s own departments would have stayed active for two days - now it is less than 5 hours.

Posted by Netcraft on 1st November, 2016 in Security

In the October 2016 survey we received responses from 1,429,331,486 sites and 6,144,093 web-facing computers. This reflects a large increase of 144 million sites, and a more modest increase of 25,300 computers.

Microsoft once again saw the largest increase of web sites this month, gaining 95 million. Apache and nginx made up the majority of the remainder of web site growth, gaining 25 million and 11 million. Despite Microsoft’s large gain of web sites, it lost both web-facing computers (-17,700) and active sites (-1.2 million).

Apache saw the largest increase of active sites this month, gaining 1.8 million, while nginx gained 400,000, the second largest growth. These gains, coupled with Microsoft’s loss of 1.2 million active sites, led to Microsoft’s share of active sites dropping to 9.27%, the first time that it has fallen below 10%. Apache increased its market share by 0.19 percentage points and continues to dominate, now with 46.30% of the active sites.

The largest increase of web-facing computers was made by nginx, gaining 20,000. Despite now having more than twice as many active sites as Microsoft, nginx remains in third place by number of web-facing computers with 17.41% of the market, compared to Microsoft’s 24.91%. Apache leads, running on 45.97% of all web-facing computers, however, both Apache and Microsoft are gradually losing market share to nginx.

Within the million busiest sites, the long-term trend is the ascent of nginx, at the expense of both Apache and Microsoft. This month continues that trend, with Apache losing 0.13 percentage points, Microsoft losing 0.14, and nginx gaining 0.20. However, Apache still leads by a significant margin over second-placed nginx, with 146,000 more of the million busiest sites using Apache.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

DeveloperSeptember 2016PercentOctober 2016PercentChange
Microsoft542,498,79642.19%637,583,71744.61%2.41
Apache316,042,28924.58%340,793,66223.84%-0.74
nginx186,529,03814.51%196,861,41513.77%-0.73
Google21,467,7291.67%21,516,3081.51%-0.16
Web server market share for active sites

DeveloperSeptember 2016PercentOctober 2016PercentChange
Apache80,274,07046.11%82,052,68846.30%0.19
nginx32,364,05118.59%32,968,25918.60%0.01
Microsoft17,615,03710.12%16,434,9039.27%-0.84
Google14,302,5038.22%14,396,8678.12%-0.09

For more information see Active Sites

Web server market share for top million busiest sites

DeveloperSeptember 2016PercentOctober 2016PercentChange
Apache425,28942.53%423,95942.40%-0.13
nginx275,96627.60%277,97527.80%0.20
Microsoft108,86910.89%107,41910.74%-0.14
Google19,8251.98%19,4791.95%-0.03
Web server market share for computers

DeveloperSeptember 2016PercentOctober 2016PercentChange
Apache2,811,94845.96%2,824,42445.97%0.01
Microsoft1,548,45025.31%1,530,78124.91%-0.39
nginx1,049,44917.15%1,069,47917.41%0.26
Posted by Netcraft on 21st October, 2016 in Web Server Survey

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