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What is Apache HTTP Server?

The Apache HTTP Server is a powerful and flexible HTTP/1.1 compliant web server. Originally designed as a replacement for the NCSA HTTP Server, it has grown to be the most popular web server on the Internet.

What is Gunicorn?

Gunicorn is a pre-fork worker model ported from Ruby's Unicorn project. The Gunicorn server is broadly compatible with various web frameworks, simply implemented, light on server resources, and fairly speedy.

What is nginx?

nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. According to Netcraft nginx served or proxied 30.46% of the top million busiest sites in Jan 2018.
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        What are some alternatives to Apache HTTP Server, Gunicorn, and nginx?
        Apache Tomcat
        Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.
        JBoss
        An application platform for hosting your apps that provides an innovative modular, cloud-ready architecture, powerful management and automation, and world class developer productivity.
        Jetty
        Jetty is used in a wide variety of projects and products, both in development and production. Jetty can be easily embedded in devices, tools, frameworks, application servers, and clusters. See the Jetty Powered page for more uses of Jetty.
        Microsoft IIS
        Internet Information Services (IIS) for Windows Server is a flexible, secure and manageable Web server for hosting anything on the Web. From media streaming to web applications, IIS's scalable and open architecture is ready to handle the most demanding tasks.
        OpenResty
        OpenResty (aka. ngx_openresty) is a full-fledged web application server by bundling the standard Nginx core, lots of 3rd-party Nginx modules, as well as most of their external dependencies.
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        How developers use Apache HTTP Server, Gunicorn, and nginx
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        MaxCDN uses nginxnginx

        The original API performed a synchronous Nginx reload after provisioning a zone, which often took up to 30 seconds or longer. While important, this step shouldn’t block the response to the user (or API) that a new zone has been created, or block subsequent requests to adjust the zone. With the new API, an independent worker reloads Nginx configurations based on zone modifications.It’s like ordering a product online: don’t pause the purchase process until the product’s been shipped. Say the order has been created, and you can still cancel or modify shipping information. Meanwhile, the remaining steps are being handled behind the scenes. In our case, the zone provision happens instantly, and you can see the result in your control panel or API. Behind the scenes, the zone will be serving traffic within a minute.

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        Cloudcraft uses nginxnginx

        Nginx serves as the loadbalancer, router and SSL terminator of cloudcraft.co. As one of our app server nodes is spun up, an Ansible orchestration script adds the new node dynamically to the nginx loadbalancer config which is then reloaded for a zero downtime seamless rolling deployment. By putting nginx in front or whatever web and API servers you might have, you gain a ton of flexibility. While previously I've cobbled together HAProxy and Stun as a poor man's loadbalancer, nginx just does a much better job and is far simpler in the long run.

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        datapile uses nginxnginx

        Used nginx as exactly what it is great for: serving static content in a cache-friendly, load balanced manner.

        It is exclusively for production web page hosting, we don't use nginx internally, only on the public-facing versions of static sites / Angular & Backbone/Marionette applications.

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        Pēteris Caune uses nginxnginx

        We use NGINX both as reverse HTTP proxy and also as a SMTP proxy, to handle incoming email.

        We previously handled incoming email with Mandrill, and then later with AWS SES. Handling incoming email yourself is not that much more difficult and saves quite a bit on operational costs.

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        Wirkn Inc. uses nginxnginx

        NGINX sits in front of all of our web servers. It is fantastic at load balancing traffic as well as serving as a cache at times when under massive load. It's a robust tool that we're happy to have at the front lines of all Wirkn web apps.

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        Climate CoLab uses Apache HTTP ServerApache HTTP Server

        We use httpd in front of our Tomcat web server. Apache terminates the TLS connections and forwards to the embedded Tomcat server(s) for request processing. We also use it as load balancer for multi-server deployments.

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        eXon Technologies uses Apache HTTP ServerApache HTTP Server

        Most known webserver. We are using Apache due to his htaccess feature but its just a backedn to proccess PHP. In font of Apache we are using NGINX to server static files

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        The Independent uses Apache HTTP ServerApache HTTP Server

        Apache splits static traffic from application traffic, as well as providing a selection of tools to assist in running of the site (rewrites, logging etc).

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        Suburban Express uses Apache HTTP ServerApache HTTP Server

        Primary web server, delivers PHP-rendered pages as well as static HTML content. Ruby CGIs deliver objects to browser-side code using REST/JSON

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        SAP Hybris uses Apache HTTP ServerApache HTTP Server

        modproxybalancer provides highly concurrent end-user browser connections, and manages session routing to the application cluster

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        Banyan uses GunicornGunicorn

        Gunicorn is WSGI container that we used to run our Tornado code as it supports Asynchronous operations on tornado.

        Avatar of MiW CryptAnalytics
        MiW CryptAnalytics uses GunicornGunicorn

        Gunicorn runs as the HTTP application server. Serves the django application in WSGI mode.

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        TOMIS uses GunicornGunicorn

        uWSGI server that is easy to configure with Nginx and Django

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        Val Neekman uses GunicornGunicorn

        Gunicorn is used as the backend webserver

        Avatar of Alec Cunningham
        Alec Cunningham uses GunicornGunicorn

        Runs my Django based API through nginx.

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