The September 2000 Netcraft Web Server Survey is out! Page 3
Leading companies include rackspace.com, Digital Nation, a Verio subsiduary, Interland, Interliant, DialToneInternet, CrystalTech, and Dell subsiduary dellhost.com. The typical model is to offer primarily Intel based hardware running either Red Hat Linux or Windows 2000, with pricing schemes often starting as low as 00 per month for a moderate specification machine and low bandwidth. This is seen as an attractive business model by hosting companies, as there is limited revenue in shared hosting, while dedicated server customers may typically generate in the region of K-4K per annum. Customers gain the control and flexibility of having their own machine, and the convenience of not needing to deal with hardware purchase, shipment and upgrades themselves. Many of the dedicated server companies are showing outstanding growth, with rackspace.com having gone from 700 to over 2000 machines in a little over six months, and Interland having over 12,000 Windows 2000 sites just six months after the Windows 2000 launch. DellHost is also growing quickly, presumably by leveraging its parent company's customer base. Its customer signup page shows how acceptable Linux has become, with Red Hat, rather than NT or Windows 2000, the default install. However, on the sites we find at dellhost.com Windows 2000 leads Red Hat by 2:1, indicating the nature of Dell's primary customer base. Although the dedicated server companies are growing revenue very quickly, the primary beneficiaries may be their suppliers. Intel based hardware vendors will make more money by selling multiple machines to dedicated server companies, while Microsoft benefits strongly from the greater number of software licences sold. Sun buys Cobalt Arguably the company that has gained most from the trend to dedicated servers is Cobalt. Symmetrically, Sun, whose larger machines had
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