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Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Tomcat

Tomcat is more than enough to deploy most of the mid-end web applications without any problem but for the high-end applications which require high scalability and high availability, which might need some tune-ups with the support of expertise in this regard. Otherwise, you may realize numerous performance issues, memory leaks, server crashes etc.
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Nginx

Well Suited: If you need simple SSL termination to another proxy
If you are proxying from internet to an app with a real web server built-in
If you are proxying from the internet to FastCGI
Not so hot for Python proxying, at least from what I've seen, compared to the competition, but I don't do much of that.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Servers

Apache Tomcat
8.2
Nginx
IDE support
Apache Tomcat
8.1
Nginx
Security management
Apache Tomcat
7.6
Nginx
Administration and management
Apache Tomcat
6.9
Nginx
Application server performance
Apache Tomcat
8.6
Nginx
Installation
Apache Tomcat
8.9
Nginx
Open-source standards compliance
Apache Tomcat
8.9
Nginx

Pros

  • Deploying and un deploying .war files is simple using either tomcat manager or the tomcat scripts
  • Setting up is extremely easy, does not take much experience to set up the first time
  • Startup and shutdown scripts are easily customizable.
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  • Straight-forward configuration format that users of all skill levels can learn, and yet is powerful enough for the huge breadth of features that Nginx provides.
  • Massive scale right out the box. We've never had a Nginx instance overwhelmed by requests, and if we did it would be trivial to spin up more Nginx instances to handle the load.
  • SSL termination means that we can deliver content over HTTPS without needing our individual services to require TLS support. This saves us a lot of time and headache while keeping us secure.
  • Nginx is open-source and free, meaning that anyone can use it to power their services, from individual projects to billion-dollar websites.
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Cons

  • Using tomcat manager to troubleshoot is not very informative. Error messages are vague, you have to dig into log files for more information about the problems.
  • Is great for simple web applications, but may not work for heavy development which may require a full J2EE stack, might like JBoss better.
  • Security in tomcat is not straightforward, as I discovered that you have to understand how to set up realms in tomcat in order to hash passwords, which I was not overly familiar with, which is a big deal when setting up users in the tomcat-users.xml file.
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  • The open-source flavor of Nginx does not support automatic service discovery. In the time of Docker containers, Kubernetes and other managed cloud services, it can be difficult to manually update Nginx configurations as services change.
  • Nginx is quite heavy for smaller projects and low-traffic scenarios. It requires knowledge of operating and configuring, which is separate from operating the main web server. There are managed alternatives that will get web services up faster and be more reliable.
  • Nginx-plus has some very valuable tools that projects of any size could take advantage of. Unfortunately, it is very expensive as it includes SLA and support, putting it out of reach of all but the most well-funded projects.
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Likelihood to Renew

Apache Tomcat10.0
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We have a huge knowledge of the product within our company and we're satisfied with the performance.
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Usability

Apache Tomcat6.0
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The manager interface has for sure room for improvement
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Reliability and Availability

Apache Tomcat6.0
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Tomcat doesn't have a built-in watchdog that ensures restart upon failure, so you have to provide it externally. A very good solution is java service wrapper. The community edition is able to restart Tomcat upon out of memories exceptions.
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Performance

Apache Tomcat9.0
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It's very quick and stable at the same time
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Alternatives Considered

Apache Tomcat is more lightweight and much quicker to deploy, so compared to JBoss or Weblogic it's much more efficient and cost effective for deploying small apps. The instances start up almost immediately and almost no maintenance is needed from the admins. There is also no cost incurred on dealing with licensing costs
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Nginx is one of the top three web servers and sits in the second position in terms of the amount of servers deployed. The main competition comes from Apache and Apache-based forks on Linux based servers, and less-so from Microsoft IIS on Windows based servers. As stated earlier, a web server is really a "per project" decision, and the server that is best for one project might not be any good for a different project. However, I personally recommend that NginX should deserve a serious consideration for every project, as it continues to become faster, and more capable with each release.
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Scalability

Apache Tomcat9.0
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It's very easy to add instances to an existing deployment and, using apache with mod proxy balancer, to scale up the serving farm
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Return on Investment

  • Tomcat is cheap and very quick to deploy, so it has benefited much when situation needs applications to be deployed quickly without wasting time on licensing and installations.
  • Plenty of documentation available so no vendor training is required. Support contract is not needed as well.
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  • Really makes a lot of Docker workflows doable that would be frustrating otherwise
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Pricing Details

Apache Tomcat

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Apache Tomcat Editions & Modules
Apache Tomcat
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Nginx

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Nginx Editions & Modules
Nginx
Edition
NGINX Plus - Basic
$2,5001
NGINX Plus - Professional
$3,5001
NGINX Plus - Enterprise
$5,0001
NGINX WAF - Add-on
$2,0001
1. per instance
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