Probably the most popular HTTP web server in the world
April 30, 2021

Probably the most popular HTTP web server in the world

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Apache HTTP Server

The Apache HTTP Server is probably the most widely used web server on the entire Internet. We mainly use it for server-side scripting languages such as PHP, Perl or Ruby. However, these are not part of the server, but have to be installed separately. The Apache HTTP Server is a central part of our infrastructure. I myself was already involved with the HTTP server during my studies.
  • Easy to configure, although many options are available.
  • High performance
  • Industry standard, many colleagues have know-how
  • Performance of the competitor (NGINX) is a bit better
  • Incorrect configuration can lead to security risks
  • Modules that are not needed are difficult to identify
  • Configuration and expandability via modules
  • High flexibility due to compatibility with different operating systems
  • Detailed documentation helps us reach our goal quickly
  • The ROI is generally positive for the time being, since it is open source and free of charge.
  • All investments are merely follow-up activities: Setting up the infrastructure, installing the respective software components
  • The Apache HTTP Server forms the fundament of our infrastructure and is always reliable
The comparison with other products from IBM or Oracle is difficult. These are mostly software that has to be paid for. The only fair comparison at eye level is probably the NGINX web server: It is also free and offers even higher performance. In the meantime, there is also a paid Plus version of NGINX. This has extended support and special functions.

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As I mentioned earlier, the Apache HTTP Server has a small disadvantage compared to the competition (NGINX) in terms of performance. If you run websites that really have a lot of visitors, NGINX might be the better alternative.

On the other hand, the Apache HTTP Server is open source and free. Further functionalities can be activated via modules. The documentation is really excellent.