Is Apache loosing Market Shares Against Microsoft IIS?


In the June 2006 Web Server Survey posted by Netcraft a notable information about Microsoft which continue to gain share in the web server market against the Apache lead. “The number of hostnames on Windows servers grew by 4.5 million, giving Microsoft 29.7% market share, a gain of 4.25% for the month. Apache had a decline of 429K hostnames, and loses 3.5% to 61.25%.” Why ?? and what’s happened to all those hostnames ?

The main reason according to the same Survey was an action conducted by GoDaddy who moves over 1.6M parked domains from Apache to IIS this month only ! Go Daddy group president and COO Warren Adelman said in an interview “This was for one particular part of our infrastructure for parked domains. … It was just one piece of infrastructure.” While he declined to answer NewsForge reporter Jay Lyman’s question about whether one reason why Go Daddy had moved its parked domains to IIS was because Microsoft has offered them a sweetheart deal on the Microsoft Web server.
So the news looks to be manufactered by Microsoft to show a high growth of Server 2003 and IIS against Apache and linux. While I remember that Live was offering free domain for business in their new Live Office which launched recently in beta, in addition to others Live beta services … So considering this progress of Microsoft is due to parked domains, Apache will anyway keep its major part of the Market Share with 61.25% and stay leading the web server market.
Read more :
Linux Watch : Where, oh where have all the Apache servers gone?
Netcraft : June 2006 Web Server Survey