Server Name Indication (SNI) - usable?

sehh

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How usable is the new Server Name Indication (SNI) feature?

I understand that it is not supported by a wire range of clients, some of them are:

- Internet Explorer on WinXP
- Safari on WinXP
- BlackBerry
- etc..

So do you guys use SNI or is it unusable in practice, because too many clients out there don't support it?

I plan on migrating a large VPS and I wanted to scrap my 50+ IP addresses for just a single one.

(I host lots of e-shops, so each one has a dedicated IP+SSL certificate)

What are your thoughts?
 

cPanelMichael

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Hello :)

I notice widespread use of the SNI functionality based on the number of support requests and questions pertaining to the topic. One step that may be helpful to you is to review statistics on the websites you host and see which percentage are still using outdated web browsers or operating systems.

Thank you.
 

sehh

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I've already done a survey, for example one e-shop has 19.8% WinXP usage and 17.2% IE usage.

If I just assumed the worst case scenario for this particular e-shop, I could speculate that all WinXP users also use IE only, then I can place a wild guess that nearly 20% of the users won't be able to view the site, which is quite a lot in this case.

Even if the real number was less than 10% or even 5%, it would still mean that thousands of users won't be able to view the site.

Just wondering how others are tackling the problem.