EV1 already top Windows Server 2003 Hosting Provider

A table of the top Windows Server 2003 Hosters is provided as an excerpt from our Hosting Provider Server Count.

Top Windows Server 2003 Hosters October 03
by Web Facing Server Count
Parent CompanyComputersActive SitesHostnames
EV1Servers 193 1,001 1,481
ServerBeach 176 1,508 3,053
1&1 Internet AG 136 7,388 17,187
Rackspace 92 606 1,617

The survey shows over 3,700 Windows Server 2003 servers already deployed worldwide in hosting environments, growing from 250 in March of this year, with some 17,000 in self hosted environments.

The largest collection of hostnames on Windows 2003 is being run by eNom, a domain registrar based in Bellevue, near Microsoft's headquarters. However, it is interesting that the dedicated providers such as EV1Servers and ServerBeach appear to have sold more Win2003 machines than companies with a big installed base of Windows 2000 servers. In particular, EV1Servers has only been offering Windows as an option since August. EV1Servers and ServerBeach are growing at such a rate that it is not inconcievable that they could maintain the lead, even as the traditional Win2000 hosting companies migrate their customers over to the new operating system.

Large Hosts Slash Domain Name Prices

Several of the world's largest hosting companies are slashing registration prices for domain names, undercutting even the cheapest domain registrars.

Hostway started the price-cutting in May when it lowered its domain prices to $6.95 a year, and in August EV1Servers began selling domains for just $5. Now the world's largest host, 1&1 Internet, is offering domains for $5.99 a year as it launches its US hosting service.

1&1 Internet registered 9,000 co.uk domains between Oct. 21 and Nov. 3 after setting prices at $3.35 a year (£1.99). EV1Servers experienced a similar surge, registering 10,000 domains in the first month of $5 pricing. "Our low cost registration service has not only benefited existing clients but also given us the opportunity to work with many new users," said Mario Rodriguez, EV1Servers' Customer Service Manager.

Smaller providers are also offering aggressive pricing - or none at all. Yesterday DotCanada began offering free domains to any hosting customers who commit to a 12-month plan, with no limit on the number of domains.

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Fastest growing Hosting Companies over last year

A table of the Hosting Providers who grew the fastest over the year September 2002 to October 2003 is provided as an excerpt from our latest Hosting Provider Server Count. Companies are included in the filter if they started September 2002 with more than 600 servers, and finished October 2003 with at least 1000, and grew at a rate of 66% or better, year on year. This removes hosters which can show a significant percentage increase by virtue of being small at the start of the period.

Fastest Growing Hosting Providers by % Increase in Web Visible Servers
September 02 to October 03
Parent CompanySept-02Oct-03% ChangeMain Business Area
1&1 Internet 4,45813,908+212%Mixed Hosting
EV1Servers 4,962 12,084 +145% Dedicated
Alabanza 749 1,526 +104% Reseller
Hostway 1,094 2,159 +97% Shared
SRS Sakura 884 1,480 +67% Telecoms

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MCI Will Acquire All of Digex

The acquirer is in Chapter 11, and the acquired company is not. But MCI has sealed the deal on its acquisition of managed hosting provider Digex, after its revised $1 a share offer coaxed several key holdouts into tendering their shares.

The merger ends the arms-length relationship the two companies sought to maintain after WorldCom acquired Digex parent Intermedia in early 2001, in which Digex remained an independent company although WorldCom owned the majority of Digex' shares. That allowed Digex to stay out of bankruptcy when WorldCom sought protection in July 2002. But the depth of the business ties between the companies left a cloud over Digex, which placed itself for sale late last year.

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Go Daddy’s Parsons Sees Lower Hosting Prices Ahead

Prices in the shared hosting market are likely to continue trending lower, according to Bob Parsons, the president of Go Daddy, a pacesetter in driving prices lower in the domain name business.

"I see (hosting prices) getting more competitive," said Parsons. "Hosting is getting to be a commodity. It truly is."

As European providers and domain registrars expand into the US hosting market, low-priced hosting plans are a potent tool to gain attention and market share. Go Daddy, the fastest-growing domain registrar with more than 3.6 million registrations, recently introduced shared hosting accounts ranging in price from $3.95 to $9.95.

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No Deals or Decisions Yet for Cable & Wireless

Cable & Wireless today said it has reduced losses at its American operating unit but had not yet resolved the best way to exit the US business. "No decisions have been made" about whether to place the US unit into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to CEO Francesco Caio. "We're still looking at a wide range of options." In the meantime, the company has closed eight US data centers and reduced staffing by 1,000 workers, cutting costs by $167 million (100 million pounds) from the second half of 2002. Continue reading