The September 2000 Netcraft Web Server Survey is out; http://www.netcraft.com/survey/ - Top placed developers with numbers of hosts responding and percentage share - Developer August 2000 Percent September 2000 Percent Change Apache 12222228 61.66 12705194 60.02 -1.64 Microsoft 3890905 19.63 4140977 19.56 -0.07 iPlanet 1431425 7.22 1514106 7.15 -0.07 - Top placed servers with numbers of hosts responding and percentage share - Top Servers Server August 2000 Percent September 2000 Percent Change Apache 12222228 61.66 12705194 60.02 -1.64 Microsoft-IIS 3888590 19.62 4138551 19.55 -0.07 Netscape-Enterprise 1389991 7.01 1472689 6.96 -0.05 Zeus 396637 2.00 606987 2.87 0.87 WebLogic 484980 2.45 566509 2.68 0.23 Rapidsite 317198 1.60 332246 1.57 -0.03 AOLserver 540 0.00 201471 0.95 0.95 thttpd 222282 1.12 190371 0.90 -0.22 WebSitePro 102185 0.52 103617 0.49 -0.03 WebSTAR 90450 0.46 93185 0.44 -0.02
Apache loses a little market share, along with Microsoft IIS and Netscape.
Active Sites Developer August 2000 Percent September 2000 Percent Change Apache 5049948 59.61 5334435 60.31 0.70 Microsoft 2225709 26.27 2363044 26.72 0.45 iPlanet 249275 2.94 256092 2.90 -0.04 Around the Net For the third month in a row there was strong growth in sites run using web servers outside of the traditional big three of Apache, Microsoft, and Netscape. There are now over half a million sites at NetZero which provides a free .com domain and web hosting service, based on WebLogic's server. Zeus continued its own strong growth, and is now running on over 600,000 sites, while mydomain.com has switched to using AOLserver to provide domain name registration, DNS management facilities and hosting for around 200,000 domains. Dedicated Server business growing very quickly Over the last year the dedicated server business has progressed from an innovative niche to become the sector that everyone wants to be in. The combination of good quality networks, efficient and convenient provisioning, and cheap pricing has proved irresistible to many medium sized sites that previously hosted their sites on their own networks, with simple colocation facilities, or on higher end shared hosting systems. Many of leading companies in this sector are relatively new and unfamilar names, with the first and second generation companies such as uu.net, psi.com and exodus.net having missed the initial surge of interest in the sector.
Leading companies include rackspace.com, Digital Nation, a Verio subsiduary, Interland, Interliant, DialToneInternet, CrystalTech, and Dell subsiduary dellhost.com. The typical model is to offer primarily Intel based hardware running either Red Hat Linux or Windows 2000, with pricing schemes often starting as low as 00 per month for a moderate specification machine and low bandwidth. This is seen as an attractive business model by hosting companies, as there is limited revenue in shared hosting, while dedicated server customers may typically generate in the region of K-4K per annum. Customers gain the control and flexibility of having their own machine, and the convenience of not needing to deal with hardware purchase, shipment and upgrades themselves. Many of the dedicated server companies are showing outstanding growth, with rackspace.com having gone from 700 to over 2000 machines in a little over six months, and Interland having over 12,000 Windows 2000 sites just six months after the Windows 2000 launch. DellHost is also growing quickly, presumably by leveraging its parent company's customer base. Its customer signup page shows how acceptable Linux has become, with Red Hat, rather than NT or Windows 2000, the default install. However, on the sites we find at dellhost.com Windows 2000 leads Red Hat by 2:1, indicating the nature of Dell's primary customer base. Although the dedicated server companies are growing revenue very quickly, the primary beneficiaries may be their suppliers. Intel based hardware vendors will make more money by selling multiple machines to dedicated server companies, while Microsoft benefits strongly from the greater number of software licences sold. Sun buys Cobalt Arguably the company that has gained most from the trend to dedicated servers is Cobalt. Symmetrically, Sun, whose larger machines had
been favoured by shared hosting providers, loses. In this context Sun's purchase of Cobalt ranks as an extremely sensible move, though it may become very hard for Cobalt to continue to envangelise the Linux environment with Sun as a parent company. Equifax goes past 1000 SSL sites When Verisign bought Thawte shortly before last Christmas it gained such a dominating position in the SSL certificate market that many wondered whether anyone would attempt to challenge its position, given that it held in excess of 99% of the issued SSL server certificates. Equifax has risen to the challenge, and has adopted a similar strategy to that orginally proven by Thawte, making sure that it is by far the cheapest provider in the market. During the last year it has sold server certificates as cheaply as 5 per site, and our SSL Survey found more than 1000 sites using Equifax certificates this month, giving it around a 1% share. of the internet SSL certificate market. Verisign businesses still hold 98%, however. Dogfood HotMail We were premature with last month's comment to the effect that Windows 2000 had replaced FreeBSD at HotMail. Markus Senoner was first to point out that although www.hotmail.com is indeed running Windows 2000, several of the other HotMail front end servers are still running FreeBSD. amazon.com adopts Linux ... Also last month we pointed out that www.amazon.com was serving a "powered by HP" logo from a Digital Unix machine. This month Amazon has introduced Linux into its load balanced pool. Over the last week, some 43% of requests have been served from Linux. ... but andover.net prefers Solaris One of the most frequently queried hosts of late on our server query form recently has been www.andover.net Andover owns the Linux news site www.slashdot.org and is itself a subsiduary of leading Linux
hardware vendor www.valinux.com so people are often surprised to see it running Solaris. References 1. http://www.netzero.com/ 2. http://www.zeus.com/ 3. http://www.mydomain.com/ 4. http://www.uu.net/ 5. http://www.psi.com/ 6. http://www.exodus.net/ 7. http://www.rackspace.com/ 8. http://www.dn.net/ 9. http://www.interland.net/ 10. http://www.interliant.net/ 11. http://www.dialtoneinternet.net/ 12. http://www.crystaltech.com/ 13. http://www.dellhost.com/ 14. http://search.ft.com/search/multi/globalarchive.jsp?docId=000918006520&query=netcraft&resultsShown=20&resultsToRequest=100 15. https://order.dellhost.com/order.htm 16. http://www.cobalt.com/ 17. http://www.verisign.com/ 18. http://www.thawte.com/ 19. http://www.equifax.com/ 20. http://www.netcraft.com/whats/?host=www.hotmail.com 21. http://www.netcraft.com/?restriction=site+ends+with&host=hotmail.com&lookup=Wait..&position=limited 22. http://www.netcraft.com/whats/?host=www.amazon.com 23. http://www.netcraft.com/whats/?host=www.andover.net 24. http://www.netcraft.com/whats/?host=www.slashdot.org 25. http://www.netcraft.com/whats/?host=www.valinux.com
This article was originally published on Sunday Oct 1st 2000