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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 0.135 0.063 0.124 0.124
2 Memset Linux 0:00:00 0.000 0.137 0.063 0.244 0.387
3 New York Internet FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.004 0.279 0.019 0.041 0.148
4 Bigstep Linux 0:00:00 0.004 0.132 0.063 0.129 0.129
5 XILO Communications Ltd. Linux 0:00:00 0.004 0.213 0.070 0.139 0.139
6 Netcetera Linux 0:00:00 0.004 0.092 0.079 0.159 0.160
7 www.dinahosting.com Linux 0:00:00 0.004 0.194 0.082 0.164 0.165
8 Hivelocity Linux 0:00:00 0.004 0.156 0.084 0.168 0.168
9 One.com Linux 0:00:00 0.008 0.190 0.037 0.106 0.106
10 Hyve Managed Hosting Linux 0:00:00 0.008 0.084 0.061 0.127 0.127

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Qube Managed Services takes July 2017's top position for most reliable hosting company site, with its site successfully responding to all requests. Qube operates from three data centres — in the City of London, Zurich, and Manhattan, New York - offering managed hosting, colocation, and cloud-based solutions.

Memset's site also successfully responded to all requests in July, as it did in June. However, its average TCP connect time was less than a millisecond slower than Qube's, granting Memset second place in July. Memset is a UK-based hosting company with a 99.998% uptime over 3 years, and 100% uptime over the past 6 months.

New York Internet gained third place with only one failed request. New York Internet is the only hosting provider in July's top 10 list to use a non-Linux operating system to power its website, being powered instead by FreeBSD.

Hyve Managed Hosting continues its top 10 streak, now having been in the top 10 for six consecutive months.

Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of around thirty 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 4th August, 2017 in Hosting, Performance

The btc-e.com domain – previously operated by the BTC-e Bitcoin exchange – has barely been online since being seized by the US authorities on 28 July.

The btc-e.com homepage was much faster and more reliable while it was still a cryptocurrency exchange, handling around 2.5% of all Bitcoin exchange volume.

The btc-e.com homepage was much faster and more reliable while it was still a cryptocurrency exchange, handling around 2.5% of all Bitcoin exchange volume.

Since being seized, the btc-e.com domain has pointed to a different web server, hosted by 1&1 Internet in the United States. It now displays nothing more than a customary seizure notice, announcing that it has been seized as part of a joint law enforcement operation involving the FBI, IRS, DoJ, FDIC, Homeland Security and the Secret Service.

seized

But evidently, hosting a 383 KB PNG image on a static HTML page is harder than it might seem. Most requests to the new site either fail to connect, or are very slow – much slower than when the site was still operating as an exchange for Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. Back then, btc-e.com was served via the Cloudflare content delivery network, which explains the relatively stellar performance in the run-up to its seizure.

failed-request

The seizure of btc-e.com relates to a large-scale money laundering operation, which included Bitcoins stolen from the now-defunct Mt.Gox exchange. It is not clear whether the poor performance of the new site is simply being caused by an unsuitable hosting platform, or by deliberate protest attacks from aggrieved parties. Users who had Bitcoins tied up in BTC-e may never get them back.

Posted by Paul Mutton on 4th August, 2017 in Around the Net, Dogfood, Domains, Hosting, Performance

In the July 2017 survey we received responses from 1,767,964,429 sites and 6,593,508 web-facing computers. This represents a small gain of 1.0 million sites (+0.06%) and 71,000 computers (+1.1%).

nginx growth unfaltering

A further 52,000 (+3.84%) web-facing computers were found running nginx this month, which has brought its market share up to 21.4%. It is currently the third-largest server vendor in terms of web-facing computers, but it is now only 122,000 computers away from Microsoft. With no reason to suspect that its consistently strong growth could falter soon, it is likely to take second place from Microsoft later this year.

Originally developed to solve the C10k problem, nginx has seen phenomenal growth in web-facing computers.

Originally developed to solve the C10k problem, nginx has seen phenomenal growth in web-facing computers.

nginx's market share growth was also assisted by Microsoft's loss of 6,400 computers, while Apache's gain of 7,500 computers was not enough to stop its own share falling by 0.35 percentage points. Apache is still far in the lead, though – more than 2.8 million web-facing computers currently run various versions and derivatives of the Apache httpd, giving it a 42.8% share of all web-facing computers.

Microsoft now serves more than half of all sites

In terms of hostnames, Microsoft gained 78 million sites, while Apache lost 56 million. This large shift has given Microsoft more than half of the market for the first time ever – 53.2% of all hostnames – with nearly three times as many sites as Apache has.

This marks a complete role reversal from four years ago, when Apache held 52% of the market while Microsoft had just 19.7%. That was the last time more than half of the world's websites used Apache. However, the hostnames metric is volatile, being susceptible to large swathes of automatically generated sites served from relatively few computers. These types of site are not counted in Netcraft's active sites survey, which paints a very different picture: Apache has more than six times as many active sites as Microsoft, and more than twice as many as nginx.

Notably, Apache has always held the largest share of the active sites market ever since the metric was included in our surveys in 2000. While Microsoft came within 10 percentage points of Apache's share on a few occasions last decade, it is now a long way off with only a 7.48% share, compared with Apache's share of 45.2%.

Apache 2.2 reaches end of life

Apache 2.4.27 was released on 11 July, along with Apache 2.2.34, which will be the final release in the 2.2.x legacy branch. Security patches for Apache 2.2.34 may be made available until December 2017, but no further maintenance patches or releases are anticipated.

To remain secure, sites still using Apache 2.2 will need to migrate to Apache 2.4 fairly swiftly. While it is difficult to tell exactly how many sites are running soon-to-be unsupported versions of Apache 2.2, at least 72 million sites claim to be using Apache 2.2 in their Server headers. The majority of these sites are hosted in the United States.

On the same day as the Apache releases, nginx 1.12.1 stable and nginx 1.13.3 mainline were released, with both including a simple fix for an integer overflow vulnerability in nginx's range filter module.

Not to be outdone, version 2.0.0 of Microsoft's IIS Administration API was also released in July, little more than two months after 1.1.0 hit general availability. The API is intended to make it easier to manage Microsoft IIS web servers, and the new version includes a range of "under the hood" improvements that make it easier to install and configure. The Microsoft IIS team also released a new version of URL Rewrite and made several improvements to its browser-based management portal at manage.iis.net during June.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

DeveloperJune 2017PercentJuly 2017PercentChange
Microsoft862,255,58448.80%940,029,82853.17%4.37
Apache371,461,39921.02%315,188,48017.83%-3.20
nginx239,666,34513.56%266,041,29615.05%1.48
Google20,136,3041.14%20,855,4241.18%0.04
Web server market share for active sites

DeveloperJune 2017PercentJuly 2017PercentChange
Apache78,279,58545.85%77,652,68145.19%-0.67
nginx33,812,63619.81%34,707,01120.20%0.39
Google13,337,2757.81%13,425,1367.81%-0.00
Microsoft13,158,8957.71%12,852,4137.48%-0.23

For more information see Active Sites

Web server market share for top million busiest sites

DeveloperJune 2017PercentJuly 2017PercentChange
Apache402,47340.25%392,97439.30%-0.95
nginx290,97729.10%290,34829.03%-0.06
Microsoft99,2559.93%98,9809.90%-0.03
Google17,0081.70%15,9931.60%-0.10
Web server market share for computers

DeveloperJune 2017PercentJuly 2017PercentChange
Apache2,813,54343.13%2,821,00842.78%-0.35
Microsoft1,538,76323.59%1,532,35123.24%-0.35
nginx1,358,51020.83%1,410,65821.39%0.57
Posted by Netcraft on 20th July, 2017 in Web Server Survey
Rank Performance Graph OS Outage
hh:mm:ss
Failed
Req%
DNS Connect First
byte
Total
1 Hyve Managed Hosting Linux 0:00:00 0.000 0.083 0.0637 0.132 0.132
2 Memset Linux 0:00:00 0.000 0.138 0.064 0.239 0.385
3 Netcetera Linux 0:00:00 0.000 0.086 0.080 0.161 0.161
4 Hivelocity Linux 0:00:00 0.000 0.155 0.084 0.168 0.169
5 GoDaddy.com Inc Linux 0:00:00 0.004 0.209 0.012 0.032 0.033
6 Webair Linux 0:00:00 0.004 0.144 0.053 0.110 0.113
7 ServerStack Linux 0:00:00 0.004 0.115 0.063 0.125 0.125
8 EveryCity SmartOS 0:00:00 0.004 0.106 0.066 0.287 0.288
9 Pair Networks FreeBSD 0:00:00 0.004 0.233 0.071 0.142 0.142
10 Qube Managed Services Linux 0:00:00 0.009 0.133 0.063 0.125 0.125

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Hyve Managed Hosting had the most reliable hosting company site in June, successfully responding to all of Netcraft's requests. This is Hyve's fifth consecutive top ten placement, and marks the first time it has clinched the number-one spot. The company recently announced that it is now a part of the G-Cloud 9 framework agreement which simplifies cloud technology procurement for the UK public sector. As well having its primary data centre in the UK, Hyve also has data centres in New Jersey, San Jose, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

Memset’s site came in second place in June, also with no failed requests, but with a marginally slower average connection time. The UK-based company has had an uptime of 99.998% over the last three years. Its customers have included British government agencies such as the Home Office, Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs and the Cabinet Office.

Netcetera’s site also successfully responded to all of Netcraft's requests and took third place. This is the company's fourth top ten placement in Netcraft's rankings for 2017. Netcetera is based on the Isle of Man and provides data centre colocation, cloud hosting, dedicated servers and managed web hosting services.

Hivelocity came in fourth, also with no failed requests, but with a slightly slower average connection time than the companies in June 2017's top three. This is the company's second consecutive month with 100% response rate to Netcraft's queries.

Linux has once again dominated as the most commonly used operating system amongst the top ten hosting company websites, the only exceptions being EveryCity (SmartOS) and Pair Networks (FreeBSD).

Netcraft measures and makes available the response times of around thirty 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 July, 2017 in Hosting, Performance

In the June 2017 survey we received responses from 1,766,926,408 sites and 6,522,692 web-facing computers. This represents a loss of 48 million websites, although the total number of computers has grown by 118,000 (+1.8%).

All of the top three vendors lost sites in this month's survey, but all showed gains in web-facing computers. Many of the sites that disappeared were spam sites that used the .cn (China) top-level domain. Microsoft lost the largest number of sites – nearly 28 million – while Apache lost 8.9 million and nginx lost 5.4 million.

Apache still leads the market in terms of web-facing computers, but its share fell by 0.28 points to 43.1% despite gaining 33,200 additional computers. Apache also continues to lead the active sites market, and with net growth of 1.2 million active sites this month, its share has increased to 45.9%.

nginx gained the largest number of web-facing computers, increasing its total by 54,200 to 1.36 million (+4.2%), and taking its market share of computers up by 0.46 percentage points to 20.8%. It is now less than 3 percentage points behind Microsoft's share.

nginx is also still increasing its presence amongst the top million websites. This month it gained 939 top sites, in contrast to the losses felt by Apache and Microsoft, which saw 2,970 and 692 sites depart from the top million. Some of the lesser-used servers that also increased their presence in the top million included openresty, Varnish and Tengine.

Google overtakes Microsoft in active sites

Notably, Google has overtaken Microsoft in active sites – it now has 13.3 million, compared with Microsoft's 13.2 million. This gives Google a 7.8% share of the active sites market, although its share of all sites is only 1.1%.

Netcraft first started tracking Google's custom web server software as a major vendor group 10 years ago, when it was used by 2.7 million sites. Google's servers were originally grouped under Apache, as they were based on open source Apache code, but the amount of customisation warranted making a new group – and no doubt even more changes have taken place over the past 10 years. Today, there are over 20 million Google sites, around two-thirds of which are considered active. This is a much higher ratio than most other vendors see – for example, only 1.5% of the 862 million sites using Microsoft's web server software are deemed active.

The most commonly seen Google web server is GSE (Google Servlet Engine), which is used by millions of Blogger sites that use blogspot domains (e.g. funny-cats.blogspot.com and catversushuman.blogspot.ca), and also by many Blogger-powered sites that use custom domain names. GSE is also used by sites under the googledrive.com and googlegroups.com domains, along with some other Google services such as Gmail, although none has the volume of hostnames seen at Blogger.

Another Google web server is Google Frontend, which is used by hundreds of thousands of sites, including App Engine sites hosted under the appspot.com domain. This server was much more prominent in the past, as it was also used by Blogger sites before they switched to GSE. Back then, Google Frontend sites also used an acronym in their HTTP response headers (Server: GFE), but Google Frontend sites now return the full name of the server software, i.e. Server: Google Frontend.

Google Frontend is also used to serve some of Google's legacy sites and deprecated services, such as the former social networking site at jaiku.com. This was shut down by Google in 2012, and all pages on the site now use Google Frontend to serve error pages.

Another Google server – ghs – is responsible for redirecting traffic from googlepages.com sites that were created with Google Page Creator. This website creation service was shut down in 2009, but existing pages were migrated to Google Sites, which hosts user content in subdirectories under the sites.google.com hostname. When a browser visits a legacy hostname like sunsetpizza.googlepages.com, ghs will redirect the user to its new location at https://sites.google.com/site/sunsetpizza/.

Other Server headers used more sparingly by Google-hosted services include UploadServer, sffe, ESF (used by Google Docs), and gws.

Total number of websites

Web server market share

DeveloperMay 2017PercentJune 2017PercentChange
Microsoft891,000,72149.09%862,255,58448.80%-0.29
Apache380,321,10620.95%371,461,39921.02%0.07
nginx245,114,31713.50%239,666,34513.56%0.06
Google20,033,2291.10%20,136,3041.14%0.04
Web server market share for active sites

DeveloperMay 2017PercentJune 2017PercentChange
Apache77,080,63845.61%78,279,58545.85%0.24
nginx34,172,85520.22%33,812,63619.81%-0.42
Google12,698,4257.51%13,337,2757.81%0.30
Microsoft13,225,1717.83%13,158,8957.71%-0.12

For more information see Active Sites

Web server market share for top million busiest sites

DeveloperMay 2017PercentJune 2017PercentChange
Apache405,44340.54%402,47340.25%-0.30
nginx290,03829.00%290,97729.10%0.09
Microsoft99,9479.99%99,2559.93%-0.07
Google16,5451.65%17,0081.70%0.05
Web server market share for computers

DeveloperMay 2017PercentJune 2017PercentChange
Apache2,780,39343.41%2,813,54343.13%-0.28
Microsoft1,526,13523.83%1,538,76323.59%-0.24
nginx1,304,28420.37%1,358,51020.83%0.46
Posted by Netcraft on 27th June, 2017 in Web Server Survey

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