Dreamhost announces dreamswitch



From DreamHost

April 1st, 2006

Los Angeles, CA - Web hosting provider DreamHost Web Hosting (dreamhost.com), announced on Friday it has decided to move all of its more than 240,000 hosted domains to a Microsoft Windows server platform. The move from Debian Linux is to maximize assets and permit rapid deployment of new technologies. DreamHost is calling the new strategy “DreamSwitch,” and will be offering new incentives to encourage customers to stay happy with a quick transition.

A related Microsoft Press Release said:

“Our business is based on providing the best possible service at the lowest possible price. This strategy requires us to maximize all of our resources, particularly our technology assets,” said Sage Weil, DreamHost president and COO. “It was clear from all of the testing we’ve conducted that Microsoft provides an efficient and scalable operating platform, while also providing the performance needed to handle our extraordinary growth.”

“The Microsoft ASP.NET Hosting Advantage initiative helps Service Providers improve Windows hosting proficiency and drive traffic,” said Dallas Bethune, CTO. “It greatly simplifies the development of dynamic websites and fits in perfectly with the range of services that we already offer.”

“As the demand for dynamic Web applications grows rapidly, and the hobbyist developer segment continues to grow, service providers must find efficient ways to market to Web developers. Compelling developer offers provide a way for you to build a developer channel and grow your Web hosting business. The Microsoft® ASP.NET Hosting Advantage helps service providers deploy, launch, and successfully market ASP.NET offerings.”

“In related changes,” said Jeff Campbell, Marketing spokesman, “our very successful promo-code affiliate program is suspended, effective immediately. We will announce details of a new program to be managed by Doubleclick.net.”

DreamSwitch was created as a direct result of customer feedback and exemplifies DreamHost’s ongoing commitment to customer service.

About DreamHost

DreamHost provides web hosting, dedicated server and domain name registration services to more than 240,000 domains worldwide. The company offers customized service plans for hobbyists, entertainers, creative professionals and small businesses.

For more information, please visit http://www.dreamhost.com/


April Fool’s… oy.


Very amusing. :slight_smile:

Unfortunately, the post was a bit late to be an April fool prank for us folks on the underside of the planet. :stuck_out_tongue:


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The sad thing is that as soon as I saw “switch to Microsoft” I knew it was a joke :slight_smile:

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In addition to hitting 80 million websites,

[quote]This month’s survey brings one of the largest one-month swings in the history of the web server market, as Microsoft gains 4.7 percent share while Apache loses 5.9 percent. The shift is driven by changes at domain registrar Go Daddy, which has just migrated more than 3.5 million hostnames from Linux to Windows. Go Daddy, which had been the world’s largest Linux host, is now the world’s largest Windows Server 2003 host, as measured by hostnames. The company said it will shift a total of 4.4 million hostnames to Windows Server 2003.

Technology trends among registrars have a large impact on web server market share, as each registrar hosts large numbers of parked domains. Microsoft’s last major upward surge in market share in 2001-02 was boosted by migrations at Register.com and VeriSign. Go Daddy is the second huge registrar to shift its sites to Windows Server 2003, following the lead of enom.[/quote]
Is major shifts to Microsoft web servers a leading or confirming indicator of long stock market declines? Like ~2001-2003.



It’s odd to see them linking to a company that offers $100 referrals on shared hosting and $200 on dedicated servers.

The only thing wrong with that offer is… there’s no promo code system! :smiley:

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