Microsoft takes away market share from Apache running on Linux

Microsoft takes away market share from Apache running on Linux

In an unexpected turns of events, Microsoft’s web server applications have taken away a chunk of the market share from Apache running on Linux. Market analysts believe, this was mainly due to domain registrar Go Daddy migrating 3.5 million hostnames from Linux to Windows.

In all, Microsoft gained a 4.7 percent share while the open-source alternative fell 5.9 percent. This is one of the biggest market share change in the recent years in this segment. The figures were revealed by the U.K.-based Netcraft Ltd.

However, despite these losses Apache continues to remain the most popular web server product on the internet. It has a market share of 63%. Microsoft comes a distant second with just around 25% market share.

As a result of their shift, Go Daddy has now become the world’s largest Windows Server 2003 host in terms of hostnames. Warren Adelman, president and chief operating officer of Go Daddy spoke about their decision to move from Linux to Microsoft technologies: “Microsoft provides an efficient and scalable operating platform, while also providing the performance needed to handle our extraordinary growth.”

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