NASDAQ Index Companies Websites Show Poor Performance

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Testing reveals only 40 percent with acceptable uptime; telecommunications companies noted as worst

WatchMouse, a global industry leader in self-service website and application performance monitoring, tested the websites of the companies on the NASDAQ100 for availability and performance. Only two of the NASDAQ Index company websites registered 100% uptime. The websites with the lowest uptimes included Millicom International Cellular (88.1%), Qualcomm (95.7%) and Bed, Bath & Beyond (97.5%). The websites with the best uptimes included Google (100%), RyanAir (100%) and Apple (99.9%).

"These are some of the largest public companies in the United States and only 40 percent of their websites meet the industry standard of 99.9% uptime or greater, states Mark Pors, CTO and co-founder of WatchMouse. ´These websites are key channels for these companies to attract new business, provide investors with information, and project a professional corporate image. We're surprised that our research found that so many of the sites are operating well below industry standards."

WatchMouse monitored the websites during the period of January 20 to February 26, 2010. According to industry standards, availability of greater than or equal to 99.9% is regarded as 'good' while anything below 99% is regarded as 'poor' site uptime.

The sites were checked every five minutes during the test period from one of the 42 WatchMouse global monitoring stations, and included a retrieval of the website home page, without graphics or frames. The home page was expected to load within eight seconds without any errors. If that time was exceeded or a server error occurred, WatchMouse verified the results using another of its monitoring stations. The result was counted as either poor availability or unavailable if a second error was established.

See http://www.watchmouse.com/en/SPI/2010/status_NASDAQ_sites.php for the full report of all 100 NASDAQ Index company website uptimes or visit http://nasdaq.public-website-status.com for real-time status and statistical data on each website's performance.

This website performance monitoring research covers the websites of the following organisations: Google Inc., Ryanair Holdings, PLC, Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., News Corporation,Ltd., Apple Inc., Amazon.com, Inc., Biogen Idec Inc, eBay Inc., Express Scripts, Inc., Intuit Inc., Intuitive Surgical Inc., Logitech International, SA, O'Reilly Automotive, Inc., Ross Stores Inc, Xilinx Inc, Wynn Resorts Ltd., Garmin Ltd., Infosys Technologies, Liberty Global, Inc., NVIDIA Corp., Staples Inc, Verisign Inc., Yahoo! Inc., Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Gilead Sciences,Inc., Hansen Natural Corporation, Citrix Systems, Inc., Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation, Foster Wheeler Corporation, Linear Technology Corp., Symantec Corp., The DIRECTV Group, Inc., Stericycle, Inc, Life Technologies Corporation, Lam Research Corporation, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., Hologic, Inc., Starbucks Corp., Broadcom Corporation, Maxim Integrated Products, Sears Holdings Corporation, Activision Blizzard, Fiserv Inc., Patterson Companies Inc., Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. , Costco Wholesale Corporation, Akamai Technologies, Inc., Research in Motion Limited, Automatic Data Processing, Inc., Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc., Henry Schein, Inc., IAC/InterActive Corp., Microsoft Corp., NII Holdings, Inc., ORCL Oracle Corp., Cerner Corporation, CTAS Cintas Corporation, Altera Corporation, Flextronics International Ltd., Celgene Corporation, J. B. Hunt Transport Services, Marvell Technology Group, Ltd., DISH Network Corporation, Cephalon, Inc., Warner Chilcott, Ltd., Microchip Technology Incorporated, Comcast Corporation, Baidu.com, Inc., KLA-Tencor Corp., Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, Seagate Technology Holdings, Joy Global Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Dell Inc., Adobe Systems Incorporated, Electronic Arts Inc., Expedia, Inc., DENTSPLY International Inc., Genzyme Corp., Intel Corp., Paychex Inc., Steel Dynamics, Inc., PACCAR Inc., Applied Materials, Inc., CA CA, Inc., Urban Outfitters, Inc., FLIR Systems, Inc., NetApp, Inc., Fastenal Company, First Solar, Inc., Priceline.com, Incorporated, Amgen Inc., Illumina, Inc., Autodesk, Inc., Liberty Media Corporation, Interactive Series A, Apollo Group, Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., QUALCOMM Inc., and Millicom International Cellular S.A..

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