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E-Commerce News: Stat Wars 2: A Tale of Two Surveys on Apache and IIS

Feb 27, 2004, 13:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Halperin)

"Not long ago, TechNewsWorld published a story describing divergent conclusions reached by two recent studies of Web server market share.

"One, the latest in an ongoing series conducted by UK-based Netcraft, cast its net wide and surveyed a sample of more than 45 million Web sites. It concluded that open-source Apache controls some 67 percent of that market, with Microsoft's Internet Information Services (IIS) server a distant second at 20 percent.

"In San Diego, California, Port80 Software begged to differ. According to Port80, 'Netcraft's focus on sampling as many sites as possible introduces a systematic overrepresentation of servers that are used to host high numbers of sites, including parked domains (hostnames pointed to a physical server but not actively used as Web sites) and sites of extremely variable quality and traffic...'"

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