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In a survey released this week by Port80 Software, Fortune 1000 respondents indicated that Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0 Web server (IIS 6) has gained 9.5 percent in market share since August 2006 and has passed IIS 5 to lead the survey for the first time.

IIS 6 now out-serves the open source Apache server and all other Web servers among Fortune 1000 sites. Overall, IIS 4, 5, 6, and 7 deployments continue a four-year lead in the survey with a combined 55 percent market share of all Fortune 1000 corporate sites versus Apache's 24.9 percent share.

In a related Port80 Software survey, Microsoft ASP.NET and ASP application server environments are currently used on 51.5 percent of Fortune 1000 sites, an increase of 7.9 percent since 2005. Other application servers like Java platforms (J2EE, JSP, WebLogic, WebSphere, and Tomcat), PHP, and ColdFusion all combined to account for only 24 percent of Fortune 1000 site deployments. Heavier use of ASP.NET among Fortune 1000 sites is to be expected, given the prevalence of Microsoft IIS on the same sites.

Changed Situation Since 2003

Much has changed since 2003, when Apache's dominance was relatively unquestioned in the industry. "While Netcraft's recent surveys demonstrate the rise of Microsoft's Internet Information Services across the Internet at large, Port80 Software continues to see IIS beating Apache among leading U.S. enterprise companies," said Joseph Lima, director of product development at Port80 Software. "Having analyzed Fortune 1000 Web sites for years now, we estimate that IIS 6 penetration will continue unabated while IIS 5/Windows 2000 servers are decommissioned, with a few Apache defections along the way. If the trend from previous surveys holds, IIS 7 should be the dominant Web server for Fortune 1000 sites by 2011."

Port80 Software will offer IIS 7-compatible versions of its products by early 2008 to leverage the new extensibility model in IIS 7 on Windows Server 2008, the upcoming new server OS from Microsoft previously codenamed "Longhorn." While known for its Web performance products, Port80 also augments IIS security with its ServerMask and LinkDeny tools for less than $200 per server.

Port80's upcoming ServerDefender Web application firewalls will also add crucial protection, the company said, against damaging Web hacker attacks often reported by security organizations like System Administration Networking and Security (SANS) Institute, Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), and others. For more information, visit Security.

Review current results from the latest Port80 Software Web server technology surveys, historical survey results since 2003, and additional surveys on the use of Web performance technology at Surveys.

About Port80 Software, Inc.

Port80 Software, Inc. is a leading developer of enhancements for Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Web servers delivering security and performance tools for Web sites and applications. Port80 Software, located in San Diego, California, is a Microsoft Certified Partner. For more information, visit Port80 Software or contact:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at +1.858.268.7960 x23.

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