Uit de resultaten van de Netcraft webserver survey over de maand februari van 2000 blijkt dat het marktaandeel van Apache een record hoogte heeft bereikt. De positie van Microsoft (Internet Information Server) laat ondertussen voor de vierde achtereenvolgende maand een negatieve groei zien:
Apache hit a new high this month, with some 58% of the internet's web sites now running on Apache. Part of the gain came from Planet moving to Apache/1.3.11 from a locally modified and rebranded earlier version of Apache with a customised server signature. Planet hosts well over 100,000 sites including the UK's largest dialup ISP, Freeserve. The Apache conference is to be held early next month in Florida from 8-10th March.
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Leading encryption company RSA which has styled itself the most trusted name in e-security has had its web site successfully compromised twice recently, and seems to have changed web server platform on each occasion. On Thursday 10th February www.rsa.com was running Solaris and Netscape-Enterprise, by Sunday 13th it had switched to Linux and Apache/1.3.6, while today [Monday 14th February] it is running NT4 and Microsoft-IIS/4.0. It would be interesting to know the reasons for this; sometimes companies change platforms as a knee jerk reaction to a security or reliability problem, but going through the three most common platforms in four days seems exceptional. Presumably at least one of the attacks was a redirection of the DNS entry for www.rsa.com.
www.apple.com has been running on Solaris and Netscape-Enterprise for several years, but Apple is now introducing MacOS X Server and Apache into the load balancing pool serving the site. At the moment there is a 2:1 ratio of Solaris to MacOS X Server on repeated queries to the site, but presumably Apple's intention will be to ultimately replace the Sun platform with their own.
One frequently asked question is how the www.buy.com site can be running Microsoft-IIS/5.0 on Solaris. This is one of the scenarios outlined in the faq. Buy.com uses a reverse proxy, Inktomi Traffic-Server/2.2 running on Solaris, to reduce the load on the Windows 2000 web servers. and the tcp/ip characteristics that we see are those of the Solaris reverse proxy rather than the web servers sitting behind it.