www.af.mil moves to Cable and Wireless, replaces Sun with Microsoft

The US Air Force has moved its most public site away from the Defense Technical Information Center to a commercial hosting datacenter at Cable & Wireless. Microsoft will be delighted to have replaced Sun as the server platform. In 1999 Microsoft suffered the indignity of the main US Army web site operations staff not only replacing Microsoft servers with Macs but also giving their opinion of Microsoft product security on the front page of www.army.mil.

However, Cable & Wireless have subsequently announced their intention to sell or close their US datacenters, which may mean that www.af.mil will move again. Since this was not completely unexpected, it makes the timing of the US Army's move seem curious.

May 2003 Web Server Survey

The Netcraft Web Server Survey is a survey of Web Server software usage on Internet connected computers. We collect and collate as many hostnames providing an http service as we can find, and systematically poll each one with an HTTP request for the server name.

In the May 2003 survey we received responses from 40,444,778 sites.

Market Share for Top Servers Across All Domains August 1995 - May 2003

Graph of market share for top servers across all domains, August 1995 - May 2003

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Where are the Windows Server 2003 sites hosted?

Some people expressed surprise that there could be thousands of sites running on Windows Server 2003 before it went on sale. The main reason for this is that some shared hosting providers who were part of the Windows Server 2003 beta program were prepared to run part of their sites on Windows Server 2003 prior to launch. The three providers with the largest number of active sites on Windows Server 2003 are all Microsoft Certified Partners while the fourth largest is Microsoft itself. No one else had more than 1000 active sites running on Windows Server 2003 at the start of May.

Top Microsoft Windows Server 2003
hosting companies by Active sites, May 2003
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For comparison, Schlund and Interland [primarily due to its acquisition of Dialtone Internet] are also two of the largest Linux hosting providers, along with specialist Linux hosting providers Rackshack and Alabanza.

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PC Magazine places Netcraft as a Top 100 Classic Web Site

PC Magazine has awarded Netcraft a place in its 2003 Top 100 Classic Web Sites. Classic sites are defined as "perennial favorite, category leading sites", which one would most miss if stranded on a desert island.

PC Magazine is one of the world's leading computer publications with 6 million readers.

Recent Attacks against OpenSSL likely to be applicable to other SSL implementations

In the past two months, there has been significant new research into the security of OpenSSL, the open source implementation of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). OpenSSL is the standard SSL implementation included with most Linux distributions, and as such is the most common choice for running secure websites with Apache. At least one quarter of public SSL sites use OpenSSL according to our most recent SSL Server Survey. Continue reading