OVH is Largest Web Host With 100,000 Servers

A technician works on some of OVH's thouands of servers in the company's Roubaix, France data center. (Source: OVH)

With HostingCon 2011 wrapped up, it’s a good time to assess growth in the hosting industry. So which web hosting company has the most hardware living in its data centers?

Last month French hosting company OVH announced that it was managing more than 100,000 servers. This is the first time we’ve seen a web hosting company state that it has surpassed 100,000 servers.

The growth also puts OVH atop our listing of Who Has The Most Web Servers? (which includes cloud computing providers, content delivery providers an enterprise companies as well as hosts).

Here’s the short list of the largest hosting companies:

  • OVH: 100,000 dedicated servers (Source: Company forum)
  • SoftLayer: After being merged with The Planet last year, Dallas-based SoftLayer now has more than 85,000 servers under management, and is growing rapidly. (Source: Company press release).
  • Rackspace: The strong growth of the Rackspace Cloud has boosted the total for this San Antonio-based provider to 74,028 servers as of June 30, 2100 (Source: Company press release)
  • 1&1 Internet: German hosting giant 1&1 says it has “more than 70,000” servers on its company web site, but hasn’t updated that number since early 2010. We suspect it’s somewhat higher by this point, and will revise this if and when 1&1 updates with current numbers.

Who’s missing? The obvious contender is Go Daddy, which manages 49 million domains and is one of the largest players and provides a variety of hosting offering sto its 9 million customers. While Go Daddy discloses metrics on domains and customers, it hasn’t disclosed its server counts.

Which companies are on the next tier? Many are in Europe, where Hetzner, PlusServer/Intergenia and LeaseWeb all appear to have between 30,000 and 40,000 servers, based on their most recent public statements. Some large hosts use a much smaller number of servers. DreamHost, for example, hosts hundreds of thousands of web sites but says it has 1,500 servers.

Are we missing any? If you know of a hosting company with 30,000 or more servers, share about it in the comments.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. commentary

    For 1and1 : the company has buying new building in Hanau (germany) in 2008... but it has never been opened since the acquisition in 2008/2009. It's very bizarre.

  2. The OVH number seems high. Companies that could join this list if it were 20k+: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Peer1/ServerBeach, iWeb, LiquidWeb, Codero, Hostway, Verio.

  3. F Moreira

    As 12/13/2010 LeaseWeb had 36,000 servers according to Wiethold Wagner (NetDirekt owner & manager) whose company was acquired by LW.

  4. John is one of the largest hosting company...

  5. Don Smith

    The most servers = the worst customer service and support. By making prices low, I found out their business plan is to quickly get you a server then abandon you if there are any problems. They left me with a defective server and over 200 unhappy customers and all they could tell me was the server temperature might be too high, so they turned up the coolant flow. Ha! Absolutely no support for individual customers. 'Too big for their britches' as my mom would say. Stay Away from OVH.

  6. That's is very huge number of servers. But, like Don Smith says, usually big provider do not provide good support to it's clients (CMIIW).

  7. I'm happy with Godaddy, but OVH may be a best option. I don't know... I have to make a decision.