Amazon records blistering site hosting growth

 

Idea to lease spare server capacity now a big business.

Online retailer and cloud computing provider Amazon gained the hosting of more than one million websites, according to the latest monthly Netcraft Web Server Survey.

Netcraft's January 2013 survey - which includes responses from 629,939,191 websites - shows that Amazon now hosts 9.3 million hostnames, which has doubled during the year. 

Amazon also has the largest number of physical and virtual web-facing computers in the January survey, with 139,000 instances recorded by Netcraft. It hosts over five percent of the world's top thousand busiest sites, according to the research company.

A report by Macquarie Capital values Amazon's AWS unit at US$19 to $30 billion (A$18.1 to A$28.6 billion) with the 2013 projected revenue of US$3.8 billion (A$3.6 billion) more than doubling to US$8.8 billion (A$8.4 billion) in two years' time. This represents seven percent of Amazon's total revenue for 2015, with Macquarie noting that AWS is growing faster than the provider's retail business.

Source: Netcraft

However, Go Daddy remains the largest hosting company in the world with 36 million sites, Netcraft says.

This represents almost six percent of all websites in the world, with Netcraft estimating Go Daddy having just 23,000 web-facing computers compared to the much larger number at Amazon.

Go Daddy operates mainly on a Microsoft platform, with two-thirds of servers running Windows Server and 24 million ASP.NET sites, according to Netcraft. 

Amazon in comparison favours the open source nginx web server which Netcraft says is used on 44 percent of all hostnames there with many of these being served by PaaS provider Heroku.

Copyright © iTnews.com.au . All rights reserved.


Amazon records blistering site hosting growth
 
 
 
Top Stories
The True Cost of BYOD - 2014 survey
Twelve months on from our first study, is BYOD a better proposition?
 
Photos: Unboxing the Magnus supercomputer
Pawsey's biggest beast slots into place.
 
ANZ looks to life beyond the transaction
If digital disruptors think an online payments startup could rock the big four, they’ve missed the point of why people use banks, says Patrick Maes.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Pass on carbon tax savings, warns ACCC
Jul 24, 2014
The ACCC is warning businesses that supply "regulated goods" to pass on any cost savings ...
Have customers that won't pay debts?
Jul 10, 2014
The ACCC and ASIC have updated their advice when it comes to collecting debts.
Carpet cleaner faces court over online testimonials
Jul 4, 2014
The ACCC has initiated proceedings against A Whistle (1979) Pty Ltd, the franchisor of Electrodry...
You can now get 15GB of free online storage using Microsoft OneDrive
Jun 25, 2014
Cloud storage has reached both the capacity and price where it's a viable alternative to local ...
Another clever trick you can perform with Xero
Jun 25, 2014
Here is another way to reach out to particular subsets of your customers using Xero.
Latest Comments
Polls
What is delaying adoption of public cloud in your organisation?







   |   View results
Lock-in concerns
  29%
 
Application integration concerns
  3%
 
Security and compliance concerns
  27%
 
Unreliable network infrastructure
  9%
 
Data sovereignty concerns
  22%
 
Lack of stakeholder support
  3%
 
Protecting on-premise IT jobs
  4%
 
Difficulty transitioning CapEx budget into OpEx
  3%
TOTAL VOTES: 1133

Vote