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Nginx

41 Ratings

Apache Web Server

53 Ratings
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Nginx

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Apache Web Server

If you're running on *nix, Apache Web Server is the ONLY web server to use. If you're running on Windows, I'd stay away from it and stick with Windows' built in IIS. One of Apache's biggest features is its cost. It is completely free, and there is a great support community around it online due to the number of people using it.
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Nginx

For high-load projects it's a must-have solution, so I definitely would recommend to anyone.
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Pros

  • Stability - the apache web server is extremely stable, with many months or even years in-between crashes or reboots
  • Documentation - Apache is the #1 web server in the world, so there is a huge amount of documentation for support
  • Compatibility - Apache is compatible with every technology I have come across
  • Powerful - Apache can do a lot with a little, with hardware requirements that are very easy to achieve for low cost
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  • Static assets caching
  • Extremely simply configurable proxy solution
  • Load balancing is awesome
  • The robustness is on the top
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Cons

  • Sometimes a little hard to patch.
  • If you're not careful with the settings, you can easily provide too much information about your server to people you don't want to.
  • If you're not familiar with text configuration files, it can get a little hairy, as there is no GUI interface for setting it up.
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  • Steep learning curve: you'll spend lots of time to read all manuals and specs before you can configure it correctly
  • SSL handling is poor
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Alternatives Considered

Apache is terrific. Zeus is actually built on Apache and adds a mediocre at best interface to controlling it. IIS is only good on Windows. Netscape servers are probably not even around anymore, but when they were, were the absolute worst. I couldn't move my office off of them fast enough.
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Configuration options are easier on Nginx. It's better suited for our cases. It's easier to find specialists for Nginx in our area.
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Return on Investment

  • Since there is no cost, ROI is infinite.
  • Its ease to deploy has made it simple to deploy new servers in minutes instead of hours when we need to add more servers to handle increased loads.
  • Management of the servers is simplified by being able to copy configs (or sometimes the entire Apache directory) from one server to another to get things up and running in limited time.
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  • We can serve more clients than ever
  • Services became reliable
  • Security increased
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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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