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Apache Web Server

We have been using Apache Web server in our department, and it's well worth using. Just copying our application folder in webapps and restarting the server will provide your application in the browser and mostly it's secured. We usually recommend Apache Web Server to our clients to use. Apache Web Server is the best.
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Nginx

Nginx is well suited for serving any static content - whether that be images, JS files, HTML files, CSS files, videos, etc. If you have a high-traffic website, Nginx will be a great fit because it handles large number of requests extremely efficiently. Nginx has full support on Unix systems, but only has limited support on Microsoft Windows machines.
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Pros

  • Just copying our application folder in webapps and restarting the server will provide the application in browser and mostly it's secured.
  • Easily change from default port to custom port
  • Easily to transition http to https after doing some minimal set of configurations
  • Can easily navigate with your own domain name using Apache by doing some configuration
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  • SSL handling
  • Configuration is very unique, and has a learning curve, but powerful and generally clear
  • Very active user groups
  • Decent customer support
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Cons

  • The default configurations which comes with Apache server needs to get optimized for performance and security with every new installation as these defaults are not recommended to push on the production environment directly.
  • Security options and advanced configurations are not easy to set up and require an additional level of expertise.
  • Admin frontend GUI could be improved to a great extent to match with other enterprise tools available to serve similar requirements.
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  • Customer support can be strangely condescending, perhaps it's a language issue?
  • I find it a little weird how the release versions used for Nginx+ aren't the same as for open source version. It can be very confusing to determine the cross-compatibility of modules, etc., because of this.
  • It seems like some (most?) modules on their own site are ancient and no longer supported, so their documentation in this area needs work.
  • It's difficult to navigate between nginx.com commercial site and customer support. They need to be integrated together.
  • I'd love to see more work done on nginx+ monitoring without requiring logging every request. I understand that many statistics can only be derived from logs, but plenty should work without that. Logging is not an option in many environments.
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Alternatives Considered

Apache Web Server is the oldest among all of these above-mentioned web server solutions provide a wider range of tools and support available which is of great help when creating a web app because less investment of time and money is what contributes to the success of a project to a great extent. Apache web server's easy availability and wide-spread acceptance with any type of OS (be it Linux, Unix, Windows or Mac) means it can work flawlessly on any machine hence giving an upper hand and makes the selection decision lot easier.
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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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Return on Investment

  • Best to go for if using war files/folder
  • Portability web server
  • Easy navigation
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  • NginX has not only boosted my clients ROI, but has also boosted my sales and increased my client base, by allowing me to offer an alternative hosting solution that has the capabilities and performance of a high-end host at the cost of a low-end cookie cutter host.
  • NginX has allowed me to provide high availability server clusters at no additional cost due to it's native load balancing capabilities.
  • I have been able to gain more customers via references by providing a high stable and fast server environment.
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Pricing Details

Apache Web Server

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