Microsoft gained 9 million sites in Netcraft’s March 2013 web server survey, increasing its market share by 1.42 percentage points.
According to Netcraft, much of Microsoft’s growth was seen at Go Daddy, which gained 2.6 million sites powered by Microsoft web servers this month.
Netcraft received responses from 631,521,198 sites in March, with more than 130,000 of the sites hosted on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform. Netcraft says not all of these are run on Microsoft web servers, since customers can deploy images based on Ubuntu Linux, and many of them use Apache and PHP to serve their content. Last week, Windows Azure was brought down for hours after a SSL certificate expired.
nginx saw an additional 4.4 million sites, increasing its market share to 13.53 percent. The recent development release of nginx introduced support for proxying WebSocket connections.
In terms of the top million sites, a net loss of 910 nginx sites resulted in its share falling to 12.72 percent. Microsoft’s market share among the top million busiest sites grew by 0.74 percentage points to 13.60 percent.
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