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Netcraft: Open web platforms the winners

Mar 07, 2012, 17:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The Netcraft results are always interesting, because there's always a little something for everyone. Depending on how the data is presented, a given hosted domain could be up, down, or off in the ninth dimension. So, care must be taken when qualifying the survey results.

"For instance, if you look at top servers across all domains, then Apache jumped up about 22.5 million to 420.3 million domains, NGINX was up 4.7 million hostnames to 65.5 million, and Google's internal web server up to 21.2 million--an increase of 1.8 million domains. IIS servers in the survey rose, too: up 761 thousand to about 89.0 million. But, in terms of market share on those same top domains, there's a different story.

"If you examine these same numbers as market share percentages, then Apache was up .32 points to 65.24 percent, nginx up .25 points to 10.15 percent of market share, Google up .12 points to 3.28 percent, and Microsoft down .58 points to 13.81 percent of the top domains.

"Emphasis, then, is the key to understanding how these numbers work."

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