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 April 2003 survey we received responses from 40,100,739 sites.
Market Share for Top Servers Across All Domains August 1995 - April 2003
|Developer||March 2003||Percent||April 2003||Percent||Change|
Note that this graph shows only Operating Systems serving less than 40,000 hostnames
The number of sites running Windows Server 2003 has overtaken Solaris 9, in spite of the fact that Windows Server 2003 does not launch until later on this month.
Solaris 9 launched in May 2002. However, Sun seems to take relaxed view about envangelising new operating system versions; even www.sun.com is still running Solaris 8. www.microsoft.com is at the opposite end of the product advocacy spectrum and started running Windows 2003 last July.
Posted in Dogfood
www.sun.com is now reporting its server signature as "SunONE WebServer 6.0". We think that this is simply part of the rebranding of the web server away from Netscape-Enterprise, rather than a new product.
www.coke.com appears to have switched from AIX to Linux, but in fact this is a feature of it starting to use the Akamai network for its front page.
NASA are now running something called "NASA_Webserver/2003 (NASA) mod_jk/1.2.1-beta-1" on Novell Netware. We think that this is likely to be a locally modified Apache running behind a Novell ICS reverse proxy server. In contrast to Kellogg's, NASA appear to have moved the site off their own network to AT&T.
Meanwhile, www.walmart.com have made a change to their server signature to make it appear less obviously like a copy of Apache with a hand edited server header, and more like Microsoft-IIS. We speculate that forthcoming site enhancements at Walmart may include changing the name of the JServSessionId cookie.
Posted by Mike Prettejohn in Dogfood
Although JSP has a tiny fraction of the installed base of PHP and ASP, and numbers of specialist servlet web servers are completely dwarfed by Apache and Microsoft-IIS, Java related technology has a much bigger impact on the Web than the raw site numbers suggest. Over the last year JSP has been the fastest growing scripting technology after ASP.NET. JSP sites are often bigger, more complex, and better funded and run by larger organisations than sites using the more common scripting technologies.
The higher investment on these sites makes them attractive targets for hosting and site development companies, while the relatively large number of players in the application server market means that they are likely recipients of competitive upgrade offers. With Windows 2003 launching later on this month and providing some application server functionality out of the box, it is also likely that Java based sites will be strenuously encouraged to evaluate the .Net Framework.
Tracking sites using Java based application servers is not straightforward, and often requires inspection of the site content. In particular, sites using Microsoft-IIS or Netscape-Enterprise as a web server may be running servlet engines that do not provide a signature in the HTTP server header and tracking these servers has to be done through analysis of the site content.
With the proviso that a better and more accurate view can be had by taking more content from the site, and that sites using Servlet Engines with Apache, Microsoft and SunONE web servers would be not be included by this view, it is still possible to take a quick and simple view of what is going on from the HTTP server headers.
From the table, Resin, Tomcat, IBM and Oracle are popular choices for those websites that support Java-based web applications.
This is not an exhaustive list of servlet engines - for example some older engines, such as Apache JServ, still have a wide presence across the net, but are now deprecated in favour of newer implementations.
(*) The high ratio of sites per address for JRun are caused by two hosts that support many thousands of sites.
Posted by Martyn Tovey in Around the Net
Netcraft is now publishing articles via an RSS feed which is available at http://news.netcraft.com/index.rdf.
Postings to the mailing list will also become more frequent, with articles continuing to cover technology adoption, security, hosting, and Netcraft services.
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