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Type of businessSubsidiary
Type of site
Website monitoring
Users500,000 (2014)
Launched2005; 18 years ago (2005)
Current statusActive

Pingdom AB is a Swedish website monitoring software as a service company launched in Stockholm and later acquired by the Austin, Texas-based SolarWinds.[1] The company releases annual reports on global internet use, which are frequently cited in academic publications[2] and by media organizations as a source of Internet-related statistics.[3][4][5][6]


Pingdom was launched in 2005 in Västerås, Sweden, but only became popular in 2007.[7][8] The website monitoring company was founded by the Swedish entrepreneur Sam Nurmi, who had previously founded Loopia Web Hosting and who would go on to found Dooer.[8] As of 2012, the company reported sales of 22.5 million Swedish kronor.[9] By 2014, the company, then owned by the private equity firm Nurmi Drive controlled by its CEO, reported 500,000 customers in 211 countries and employed 30 people.[10][11] In June 2014, the software company was acquired by the Austin, Texas-based software developer SolarWinds for $103 million.[11]

In May 2017, SolarWinds acquired the San Francisco-based company Scout Server Monitoring and merged the software with Pingdom.[12]

Product and reports[edit]

Pingdom has servers located in several countries used to measure the latency of the websites it monitors.[13][14] It can report whether a website is down due to network splits or failure in DNS servers.[13] Pingdom functions by regularly accessing websites to check whether the site is accessible to users. The software will continuously monitor the website at higher rates until it determines that it is again operational.[15] Pingdom also generates a report detailing how long the site was down.[16] The user receives an email notifying them of any downtime as soon as it occurs and again when it ends.[17] The monitoring tool can also determine how long it takes a website to load fully, how many files it constitutes, and the number of scripts and images required to load.[18]

Pingdom publishes reports on global Internet use and country-specific data on visitors to popular websites like Facebook.[19] The report also includes data on the location of the hosts for many of the most visited websites in the world as determined by Alexa Internet. In 2012, Pingdom was able to determine that about 43.1% of the top 1 million websites were hosted in the United States, compared to the 31.3% hosted in all of Europe.[20] The company also publishes Royal Pingdom, a blog on a variety of Internet-related topics.[21] Royal Pingdom is frequently cited in academic publications[2] and by media organizations as a source of statistics on a variety of websites.[3][4][5][6]


In its September 2017 review of the service, PC Magazine praised the software as "fast and comprehensive", pointing out that "the only downside is that all this goodness is wrapped in a difficult interface that requires a steep learning curve to leverage."[1]


  1. ^ a b Marvin, Rob (2017-09-20). "Pingdom". PC Magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  2. ^ a b OECD Review of Telecommunication Policy and Regulation in Colombia. OECD Publishing. 2014-04-09. p. 92. ISBN 9789264208131.
  3. ^ a b Horn, Leslie (2012-01-18). "What Happened On the Internet in 2011?". PC Magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  4. ^ a b Reisinger, Don (2012-06-28). "Is Pinterest more popular than Tumblr in the U.S.?". CNET. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  5. ^ a b Schroeder, Stan (2013-01-17). "The Internet In 2012: 634 Million Websites, 2.4 Billion Users". Mashable. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  6. ^ a b Protalinski, Emil (2011-10-07). "Facebook is bigger than the whole Internet was in 2004". ZDNet. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  7. ^ "Pingdom kan bli synonymt med uppetid". IT24 (in Swedish). Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  8. ^ a b "Drog in halv miljard på Pingdom – här är Sam Nurmis nya projekt". Breakit (in Swedish). Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  9. ^ "Dagens HIT-bolag: Pingdom". Computer Sweden (in Swedish). Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  10. ^ "Nytt USA-köp i Sverige". Computer Sweden (in Swedish). Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  11. ^ a b Hawkins, Lori. "Austin-based SolarWinds acquires Stockholm-based company". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  12. ^ "Austin's SolarWinds buys San Francisco server-monitoring company". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  13. ^ a b Gonzalez, David (2017-10-04). Implementing Modern DevOps: Enabling IT organizations to deliver faster and smarter. Packt Publishing Ltd. ISBN 9781786464002.
  14. ^ Kloostra, Simon (2015-05-21). Joomla! 3 SEO and Performance. Apress. pp. 130–31. ISBN 9781484211243.
  15. ^ Dwyer, Gareth; Aggarwal, Shalabh; Stouffer, Jack (2017-03-31). Flask: Building Python Web Services. Packt Publishing Ltd. p. 451. ISBN 9781787285446.
  16. ^ Dwyer 2017, p. 453.
  17. ^ Dwyer 2017, p. 452.
  18. ^ David, Michael (2015-10-28). WordPress Search Engine Optimization. Packt Publishing Ltd. p. 276. ISBN 9781785887802.
  19. ^ Cohen, David (2011-12-29). "Study: 69 Percent Of Cyprus Population Is On Facebook". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  20. ^ McCarty, Brad (2012-07-02). "Pingdom: The US Leads Worldwide Website Hosting". The Next Web. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  21. ^ Potter, W. James (2015-07-23). Introduction to Media Literacy. SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781483379609.

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