Feeds

Apache server thumps Microsoft and Google

Growing with the web

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Apache's HTTP server gained a fresh lease of life in 2010, widening the gap on rivals and consolidating its position as the web's most popular web server.

Crunching data from Netcraft, web monitoring service Royal Pingdom says that the number of websites using Apache surged 37 per cent between December 2009 and December 2010, growing to 152 million sites.

Apache's closet competitor is still Microsoft's IIS, which hosts 57 million sites - an increase of 16 per cent. Google's own web server ran 14.9 million sites, an increase of 5.6 per cent. Google Web Server is used only by Google, and it was originally built on Apache code.

In terms of market share, Apache now runs 59.4 per cent of sites, Microsoft 22.2 per cent, and Google 5.9 per cent.

According to Royal Pingdom, there were a total of 255 million websites on the internet by the end of last year, an increase of nine per cent. You can read more here.

Apache HTTP server version 1.0 was released in 1995, the same year as IIS, which was originally a set of web-based services bundled with Windows NT 3.51.

"Apache is arguably one of the most emphatic open source successes, a product that has consistently since its birth been the preferred web server for millions upon millions of webmasters," Royal Pingdom says. "Unless something drastic happens, it will remain dominant for a long time to come." ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps
Google offers beta of tricky OS-inside-OS tech
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine
Open source? In the government? Ha ha! What, wait ...?
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.