Go Daddy, The Planet Continue Strong Growth

Go Daddy continued its dynamic growth in December, adding 52K hostnames, more than twice as many as the next-best performer, The Planet. The two providers drew from different customer bases, with Go Daddy's gains driven by new domain signups (adding 86K new hostnames while 33K expired) while the The Planet drew business away from other hosting companies. The Planet had a net gain of 14.6K hostnames from competitors, with substantial head-to-head gains against AT&T (6.5K hostnames), EV1Servers (866), BurstNet (540) and NetAccess (460).

Top Hosting Providers By Growth, Nov 03 to Dec 03
Hosting Company Nov 03 Dec 03 Growth %
GoDaddy Inc 1,583,263 1,635,680 52,417 3.3% America
The Planet 105,355 124,562 19,207 18.2% America
Ethernext.com 34,611 49,094 14,483 41.8% America
Cable & Wireless 756,403 767,600 11,197 1.5% America
ServInt Corp. 42,907 53,681 10,774 25.1% America
MCI 677,074 686,877 9,803 1.4% America
1&1 Internet AG 3,497,569 3,505,880 8,311 0.2% Europe
Level 3 124,488 132,772 8,284 6.7% America
Datapipe 114,605 122,805 8,200 7.2% America

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INetU, Cable and Wireless most reliable hosting company sites during December

Ranking by Failed Requests and Connection time,
December 1st - 31st 2003


During December both the INetU and Cable & Wireless sites were faultless with no failed requests at all from any of our five measurement points.

INetU's site has been consistently highly ranked throughout Q4 2003, and has now been in the top three for the last three months running. As neither INetU or Cable and Wireless had any failed requests, INetU is ranked above Cable & Wireless because the average connection time from our performance measurment points to the INetU site was faster.

Cable and Wireless, located in Swindon is the hosting company site that is geographically closest to Netcraft, but it does not enjoy any special advantage because of this; there is only one performance collection point in the UK, which is in London.

Sites running on BSD operating systems occupied four out of the first seven places.

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January 2004 Web Server Survey

In the January 2004 survey we received responses from 46,067,743 sites.

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - January 2004

Top Developers
Developer December 2003Percent January 2004Percent Change

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Sprint Sells DellHost to Vericenter

Sprint has sold its DellHost unit to Vericenter, DellHost customers were told Monday. DellHost is home to 21K active sites and 34K hostnames, housed on about 1,500 IP addresses.

Vericenter, a Houston-based provider of managed hosting and colocation, had been in discussions with Sprint in recent months about purchasing as many as four of the telecom company's surplus data centers. The company was launched in 2000 and is headed by Roger Ramsey, previously the CEO of Allied Waste Industries and a co-founder of Browning-Ferris Industries. Vericenter expanded into the Dallas market in 2001, and acquired the assets of Solid Systems in mid-2002.

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Sun Discontinuing Cobalt Linux Servers

Sun Microsystems is phasing out Cobalt, the line of Linux-based hosting appliances it purchased for $2 billion at the height of the Internet boom. Sun has set an end-of-life date of Feb. 19 for its last remaining Cobalt product, the RaQ 550 server, but will continue to provide support and security updates for three years. The decision to discontinue Cobalt, announced Sept. 1, presents a challenge for numerous hosting companies that filled their racks with the distinctive blue server appliances.

The number of sites on Cobalt has declined since August 2002, when it reached its peak of 3.1 million hostnames and 942K active sites. Our November hosting survey found Linux-Cobalt serving 871K hostnames and 527K active sites.

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