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[News] Microsoft's Market in Web Servers Claimed Less Than 20%

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Web snooping with Netcraft - Microsoft Hosts

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| Apparently in both cases, Microsoft offered to the customer "twice the 
| quantity of servers (that normally would be needed in a RedHat/Apache 
| implementation), and twice as many systems admins with full redundant 
| service, "all at Microsoft's expense". The aim was to publicly 
| show "reliability, scalability" of Microsoft technology as compared to the 
| more established and respected competition.     


I used track Netcraft religiously, until ... ( Apr 11, 2009, 02:21:52 )

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| the GoDaddy, Google and other Netcraft debacles in the Spring of 2005 and 
| later revealed that Netcraft does everything it can to twist the data in such 
| a way that it increases Microsoft's webserver percentages and decreases 
| FOSS's. With that twisting they have been able to make their "reporting" 
| APPEAR that Apache's server share has dropped from over 70% to 46%, while 
| Microsoft's has risen from under 20% to nearly 30%.     
| Deep down in their web site Netcraft concedes that in current "heavily used" 
| websites Apache runs 66% while Microsoft runs only 18%. (See below!) In other 
| words, for example, Netcraft counts the HUGE number of idle Microsoft servers 
| that GoDaddy PARKS, while NOT counting ALL the web servers in Google's ACTIVE 
| Linux server farm. Their logic for this hypocrisy is mind numbing. They use 
| other similar "metrics" to extend the same distortions.     
| By comparison, another site which tracks web server market share is 
| SecuritySpace: 
| http://www.securityspace.com/s_survey/data/200903/ index.html
| which shows Apache's current share at 71% and Microsoft's is at 17%. From a 
| dropdown combobox on the same page you can query various domains and 
| countries to see how FOSS and MS compare in percentages. For example, France 
| is 89% FOSS and 8% MS.    


I used track Netcraft religiously, until ... 

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| I had the same experience as you, GreyGeek. When I found out that Netcraft 
| lost its objectivity (even its appearance of objectivity), and started 
| rigging the numbers in late 2005 to make Microsoft's net presence look better 
| than it actually was, I lost all respect for Netcraft's web survey.   
| Respect for Netcraft is so low now that it might as well just start reporting 
| IIS as having 100% market share across the board. It wouldn't change anyone's 
| opinion of Netcraft, so no harm could come from it. The only difference is 
| that Netcraft could stop pretending it isn't an industry joke.   


"Hey, Steve, just because you broke into Xerox’s store before I did and took
the TV doesn’t mean I can’t go in later and steal the stereo."

                                --Bill Gates, Microsoft


Open Source Fights Back

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| Question: The OpenSourceParking.com announcement cites a Netcraft
| report, which found that GoDaddy.com's migration from Linux to Windows
| caused Apache to lose server share. Was this event the sole impetus
| for OpenSourceParking.com?
| Perens: Not the first. It's part of a continuing behavior pattern by
| Microsoft that I think it's fair to call "dirty fighting." GoDaddy was
| using Apache (I assume on Linux) because it was a great technical
| solution. They didn't switch to IIS on Windows Server 2003 for any
| technical reason. The switch was accompanied by a press release by
| GoDaddy, containing Microsoft promotional language. Now, I've changed
| many servers from one thing to another, but I've never made a press
| release about it. GoDaddy wouldn't be doing that unless Microsoft had
| offered them something valuable in return. There has been talk in the
| domain business that Microsoft has been offering the large domain
| registries a wad of cash to switch their parked sites. There is no
| other reason to do this than to influence the Netcraft figures.

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