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Hosting Decisions by YCombinator Companies in 2011

Ever wonder what other companies are choosing for hosting, Email, DNS, etc.? As it happens, there’s an app for that (so to speak) and someone put the Y Combinator companies under the microscope. With 248 companies examined, you get some pretty interesting results. If Y Combinator companies are the future, Google is looking really good for email hosting, and Amazon is doing really well for Web Hosting.

One of the surprises, for me at least, was the fact that even after all the SOPA protests more than half of the companies, 130, are still using Go Daddy. The second closest registrar is eNom, with 39, followed by 1 and 1, and Gandi. Actually “Other” comes in higher than Go Daddy.

More interesting to me is email and Web hosting. Nearly 90 companies are using Amazon for hosting, followed by Rackspace with 36 of the companies.

Email? Google takes the lion’s share here, with the majority of companies using its email. “Other” comes in second, along with self-hosted. What it doesn’t say, of course, is whether the users are paying for Google’s Apps or just using the free version.

The information was gathered using a tool called domain-profiler, and last updated on January 17th. It’s written in Ruby by Joël Franusic, and available under the MIT License on GitHub.

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