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nginx vs OVH: What are the differences?

What is nginx? A high performance free open source web server powering busiest sites on the Internet. 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 OVH? Dedicated infrastructure for your business. Hundreds of new servers are installed in our 12 datacenters everyday. For our clients, this guarantees bare-metal resources accessible in less than an hour, and the liberty to use it to rollout the software of their choice. The many functions available on our dedicated servers allow our clients to manage their infrastructure autonomously.

nginx can be classified as a tool in the "Web Servers" category, while OVH is grouped under "Dedicated Cloud Hosting".

"High-performance http server" is the top reason why over 1437 developers like nginx, while over 51 developers mention "Cost effective" as the leading cause for choosing OVH.

nginx is an open source tool with 9.11K GitHub stars and 3.44K GitHub forks. Here's a link to nginx's open source repository on GitHub.

Airbnb, Uber Technologies, and Spotify are some of the popular companies that use nginx, whereas OVH is used by Accenture, Webedia, and Flat. nginx has a broader approval, being mentioned in 8675 company stacks & 2557 developers stacks; compared to OVH, which is listed in 66 company stacks and 24 developer stacks.

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I am diving into web development, both front and back end. I feel comfortable with administration, scripting and moderate coding in bash, Python and C++, but I am also a Windows fan (i love inner conflict). What are the votes on web servers? IIS is expensive and restrictive (has Windows adoption of open source changed this?) Apache has the history but seems to be at the root of most of my Infosec issues, and I know nothing about nginx (is it too new to rely on?). And no, I don't know what I want to do on the web explicitly, but hosting and data storage (both cloud and tape) are possibilities. Ready, aim fire!

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Simon Aronsson
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I would pick nginx over both IIS and Apace HTTP Server any day. Combine it with docker, and as you grow maybe even traefik, and you'll have a really flexible solution for serving http content where you can take sites and projects up and down without effort, easily move it between systems and dont have to handle any dependencies on your actual local machine.

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From a StackShare Community member: "We are a LAMP shop currently focused on improving web performance for our customers. We have made many front-end optimizations and now we are considering replacing Apache with nginx. I was wondering if others saw a noticeable performance gain or any other benefits by switching."

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I use nginx because it is very light weight. Where Apache tries to include everything in the web server, nginx opts to have external programs/facilities take care of that so the web server can focus on efficiently serving web pages. While this can seem inefficient, it limits the number of new bugs found in the web server, which is the element that faces the client most directly.

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Leandro Barral
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I use nginx because its more flexible and easy to configure

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Christian Cwienk
Software Developer at SAP · | 1 upvotes · 338.3K views

I use Apache HTTP Server because it's intuitive, comprehensive, well-documented, and just works

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Pros of NGINX
Pros of OVH
  • 1.4K
    High-performance http server
  • 893
    Performance
  • 727
    Easy to configure
  • 606
    Open source
  • 529
    Load balancer
  • 287
    Scalability
  • 286
    Free
  • 223
    Web server
  • 174
    Simplicity
  • 135
    Easy setup
  • 29
    Content caching
  • 20
    Web Accelerator
  • 14
    Capability
  • 13
    Fast
  • 11
    High-latency
  • 11
    Predictability
  • 7
    Reverse Proxy
  • 6
    Supports http/2
  • 5
    The best of them
  • 4
    Great Community
  • 4
    Lots of Modules
  • 4
    Enterprise version
  • 3
    High perfomance proxy server
  • 3
    Embedded Lua scripting
  • 3
    Reversy Proxy
  • 3
    Streaming media delivery
  • 3
    Streaming media
  • 2
    Fast and easy to set up
  • 2
    Slim
  • 2
    Blash
  • 2
    Lightweight
  • 2
    saltstack
  • 1
    Virtual hosting
  • 1
    Along with Redis Cache its the Most superior
  • 1
    Ingress controller
  • 1
    Narrow focus. Easy to configure. Fast
  • 1
    GRPC-Web
  • 57
    Cost effective
  • 34
    Dedicated Hardware
  • 28
    DDoS Protection
  • 27
    Unmetered Bandwidth
  • 9
    Fun
  • 6
    SSH root access
  • 4
    Own network
  • 4
    Low cost
  • 4
    Fast delivery
  • 4
    ceph
  • 4
    Openstack
  • 1
    Ip address fail over support

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Cons of NGINX
Cons of OVH
  • 8
    Advanced features require subscription
  • 2
    Incidents

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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 OVH?

OVHcloud is a global cloud provider that specialises in delivering industry-leading performance and cost-effective solutions to better manage, secure, and scale data. The group manages 30 data centres across 12 sites in 4 continents, man

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HAProxy
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Caddy
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