Apache HTTP Server vs nginx vs Unicorn

Apache HTTP Server
Apache HTTP Server




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 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.

What is Unicorn?

Unicorn is an HTTP server for Rack applications designed to only serve fast clients on low-latency, high-bandwidth connections and take advantage of features in Unix/Unix-like kernels. Slow clients should only be served by placing a reverse proxy capable of fully buffering both the the request and response in between Unicorn and slow clients.

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      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.
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            Avatar of MaxCDN
            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

            Avatar of SmartLogic
            SmartLogic uses UnicornUnicorn

            Rolling deploys are awesome! We use Unicorn to keep downtime to a minimum as we iterate quickly for our clients.

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            Avalanche Network uses UnicornUnicorn

            Our super server that runs a web instance and a worker instance.

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            douglasresende uses UnicornUnicorn

            I use with my Ruby on Rails projects.

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            Karma uses UnicornUnicorn

            Our go-to Ruby application server.

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