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April 6, 2006

Big Microsoft web site jump from GoDaddy migration

Posted by David Hunter at 11:08 AM ET.

Netcraft, the British Internet services firm, does regular data collection scans of the Web and their April report shows a substantial shift:

There are now more than 80 million web sites on the Internet, as the April 2006 survey received responses from 80,655,992 sites, an increase of 3.1 million hostnames from March 2006. The web has doubled in size in the past three years, as the survey hit the 40 million mark in April 2003.

This month’s survey brings one of the largest one-month swings in the history of the web server market, as Microsoft gains 4.7 percent share while Apache loses 5.9 percent. The shift is driven by changes at domain registrar Go Daddy, which has just migrated more than 3.5 million hostnames from Linux to Windows. Go Daddy, which had been the world’s largest Linux host, is now the world’s largest Windows Server 2003 host, as measured by hostnames. The company said it will shift a total of 4.4 million hostnames to Windows Server 2003.

Technology trends among registrars have a large impact on web server market share, as each registrar hosts large numbers of parked domains. Microsoft’s last major upward surge in market share in 2001-02 was boosted by migrations at and VeriSign. Go Daddy is the second huge registrar to shift its sites to Windows Server 2003, following the lead of enom. Among other major registrars, 1&1 Internet, Dotster and host on Linux, while Network Solutions uses Solaris.

More details by following the link and in the original press release announcing the hosting change for GoDaddy’s parked domains.

Filed under Apache, IIS, Microsoft, OS - Server, Open Source, Technologies, Windows Server 2003

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One Response to “Big Microsoft web site jump from GoDaddy migration”

  1. Microsoft’s IIS increases Web server share -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] The largest movement of sites from Apache to IIS was once again at Go Daddy, with over 1.6M hostnames moving from Apache to IIS this month. While those parked domains were a major factor in Microsoft’s gains, Windows also saw solid growth in active sites, hostnames that contain content and likely to represent developed web sites. More details by following the link. We’ve mentioned the GoDaddy deal previously. Filed under OS – Server, Windows Server 2003, Open Source, Technologies, IIS, Windows Server 2003 R2, Microsoft, Apache   [Permalink] [...]

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