GeoServer vs Apache Tomcat: What are the differences?
GeoServer: An open source server for sharing geospatial data. It is developed, tested, and supported as community-driven project by a diverse group of individuals and organizations. It is designed for interoperability, it publishes data from any major spatial data source using open standards; Apache Tomcat: An open source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies. Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.
GeoServer and Apache Tomcat can be primarily classified as "Web Servers" tools.
GeoServer and Apache Tomcat are both open source tools. It seems that Apache Tomcat with 3.62K GitHub stars and 2.47K forks on GitHub has more adoption than GeoServer with 1.59K GitHub stars and 1.31K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Apache Tomcat has a broader approval, being mentioned in 768 company stacks & 2940 developers stacks; compared to GeoServer, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.
I was in a situation where I have to configure 40 RHEL servers 20 each for Apache HTTP Server and Tomcat server. My task was to 1. configure LVM with required logical volumes, format and mount for HTTP and Tomcat servers accordingly. 2. Install apache and tomcat. 3. Generate and apply selfsigned certs to http server. 4. Modify default ports on Tomcat to different ports. 5. Create users on RHEL for application support team. 6. other administrative tasks like, start, stop and restart HTTP and Tomcat services.
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