Linode 11th most popular host: VentureBeat
Saw the link tweeted by Oles from OVH, was pleased to see Linode come 11th in the list of the most popular hosts for the top 100k websites on the net.
I don't think cloudflare should be in that list, it's not a hosting company in any normal sense.
It's actually quite interesting to see how many of the top 100,000 most visited sites use Cloudflare protection, though, so I'm glad they left it on the graph.
Cloudflare appears on the list because it's impossible for HostCabi to know which actual provider hosts Cloudflare protected sites. Once someone puts their site on Cloudflare, there's no way to know what their IP/provider/etc is. That's the point of it.
Impossible? Impossible is a challenge
$ dig www.thesfmarathon.com ; <<>> DiG 9.8.1-P1 <<>> www.thesfmarathon.com ;; global options: +cmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 25565 ;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 3, AUTHORITY: 2, ADDITIONAL: 0 ;; QUESTION SECTION: ;www.thesfmarathon.com. IN A ;; ANSWER SECTION: www.thesfmarathon.com. 203 IN CNAME thesfmarathon.com. thesfmarathon.com. 203 IN A 22.214.171.124 thesfmarathon.com. 203 IN A 126.96.36.199 ;; AUTHORITY SECTION: thesfmarathon.com. 172703 IN NS uma.ns.cloudflare.com. thesfmarathon.com. 172703 IN NS sid.ns.cloudflare.com. ;; Query time: 0 msec ;; SERVER: 127.0.0.1#53(127.0.0.1) ;; WHEN: Wed Feb 5 23:47:35 2014 ;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 135
Oh dear, however will I find who is behind that?
$ dig direct.thesfmarathon.com ; <<>> DiG 9.8.1-P1 <<>> direct.thesfmarathon.com ;; global options: +cmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 58122 ;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 2, ADDITIONAL: 0 ;; QUESTION SECTION: ;direct.thesfmarathon.com. IN A ;; ANSWER SECTION: direct.thesfmarathon.com. 157 IN A 188.8.131.52 ;; AUTHORITY SECTION: thesfmarathon.com. 172621 IN NS uma.ns.cloudflare.com. thesfmarathon.com. 172621 IN NS sid.ns.cloudflare.com. ;; Query time: 1 msec ;; SERVER: 127.0.0.1#53(127.0.0.1) ;; WHEN: Wed Feb 5 23:48:57 2014 ;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 108
I wonder who 184.108.40.206 is?
$ nslookup 220.127.116.11 Server: 127.0.0.1 Address: 127.0.0.1#53 Non-authoritative answer: 18.104.22.168.in-addr.arpa name = li607-238.members.linode.com. Authoritative answers can be found from: 111.58.198.in-addr.arpa nameserver = ns4.linode.com. 111.58.198.in-addr.arpa nameserver = ns1.linode.com. 111.58.198.in-addr.arpa nameserver = ns3.linode.com. 111.58.198.in-addr.arpa nameserver = ns5.linode.com. 111.58.198.in-addr.arpa nameserver = ns2.linode.com.
You can get rid of the direct link but most people don't. Also asking netcraft tends to work.
EDIT: A huge list of cloudflare sites and their origin server: