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Apache Today: Apache Usage in the Most Popular Web Sites: Take That, ENT

Jul 27, 2000, 12:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"Anyone who has followed the recent brouhaha over Web-server market shares would know that the numbers can be twisted to serve any number of agendas: the boys at ENT polled brochureware sites to argue that Microsoft IIS was gaining in popularity in the Fortune 500, while Apache partisans pointed out that the exhaustive Netcraft survey revealed the Apache Web server to be the most popular Web server in the world--by far."

"Many of you observing this spat from the sidelines pointed out that perhaps the best test of a Web server is to poll the busiest Web sites in the world to see what these sites were running. If a Web server was powerful enough to serve the needs of these popular sites, it would go a long way in establishing the credentials of the server. Let's be honest: if you're looking for a Web server on a site that generates a decent amount of traffic, it's going to be more important that Apache is the basis for the immensely popular About.com, not that IIS redirects traffic on www.kmart.com."

"Using the Media Metrix Top 50 list, we checked out the 30 most popular Web sites through Netcraft to see what the true workhorses of the Web are running. While there are a few different sites that rank sites differently (there's a 100 Hot sites list that differs greatly), Media Metrix is generally regarded as being somewhat authoritative in the field in ranking the most popular Web sites."

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