Unicorn vs. Lwan



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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.

What is Lwan?

In development for almost 3 years, Lwan was until now a personal research effort that focused mostly on building a solid infrastructure for a lightweight and speedy web server.

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Why do developers choose Unicorn?
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Why do developers choose Lwan?
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What are the cons of using Unicorn?
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What are the cons of using Lwan?
No Cons submitted yet for Lwan
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What companies use Unicorn?
212 companies on StackShare use Unicorn
What companies use Lwan?
0 companies on StackShare use Lwan

What are some alternatives to Unicorn and Lwan?

  • nginx - A high performance free open source web server powering busiest sites on the Internet.
  • Apache HTTP Server - Apache httpd has been the most popular web server on the Internet since April 1996
  • Microsoft IIS - Internet Information Services is a web server for Microsoft Windows
  • Apache Tomcat - An open source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies

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