HAProxy vs Hipache: What are the differences?
What is HAProxy? The Reliable, High Performance TCP/HTTP Load Balancer. HAProxy (High Availability Proxy) is a free, very fast and reliable solution offering high availability, load balancing, and proxying for TCP and HTTP-based applications.
What is Hipache? A distributed HTTP and websocket proxy. Hipache is a distributed proxy designed to route high volumes of http and websocket traffic to unusually large numbers of virtual hosts, in a highly dynamic topology where backends are added and removed several times per second. It is particularly well-suited for PaaS (platform-as-a-service) and other environments that are both business-critical and multi-tenant.
HAProxy and Hipache can be categorized as "Load Balancer / Reverse Proxy" tools.
"Load balancer" is the top reason why over 118 developers like HAProxy, while over 2 developers mention "Redis as backend" as the leading cause for choosing Hipache.
Hipache is an open source tool with 2.25K GitHub stars and 264 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Hipache's open source repository on GitHub.
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We use HAProxy to load balance between our webservers. It balances TCP between the machines round robin and leaves everything else to Node.js, leaving the connections open with a reasonably long time to live to support WebSockets and re-use of a TCP connection for AJAX polling.
HAProxy manages internal and origin load balancing using KeepaliveD. Two small servers host the entire site, never moving about 15% load even during the largest load spikes.
We use HAProxy to balance traffic at various points in our stack, includgin nginx nodes on different physical machines, and api nodes on the backend.
I use HAproxy primarily for application routing and SSL termination. I also use its logs and statistics to visualize incoming traffic in Kibana.