It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Go Daddy has reaped huge benefits from open-source software. We have thousands of servers running Linux (mostly CentOS), MySQL, Apache, OpenSSL, and lots of other free software. These systems handle about 10 billion DNS requests per day and power the fastest growing SSL Certification Authority in the world.
For years, we’ve given back to the community by offering free SSL certificates. More recently, we’ve contributed code, such as the WordPress P3 plugin. Now, we’ve gone a step further: our Hosting team recently contributed $20K to the Apache Software Foundation. We selected Apache because we rely so heavily on their catalog of software — Cassandra, Hadoop, and (obviously) HTTP Server, to name a few.
We’ll be identifying other open-source organizations to which we’d like to make a donation in the months ahead. And, we realize that it’s not just about the money. So, we’re also ramping-up our contributions of code. We believe open-source projects represent an important piece of the tech ecosystem. They’ve helped us and we are happy to be giving back.