Monday, February 27, 2012

Happy 17th Birthday Apache - Version 2.4 Ideal For Cloud Environments

The Apache Software Foundation celebrates the 17th Anniversary of the Apache HTTP Server with the release of version 2.4.

The Apache HTTP server is is the world's most popular Web Server, powering nearly 400 million Web sites across the globe.

I played around with version 2.4 over the weekend. It brings numerous enhancements, making Apache ideally suited for cloud environments, including:
  • lower resource utilization, better concurrency and async I/O support, bringing performance on par, or better, than pure event-driven Web servers like Nginx;
  • dynamic reverse proxy configuration;
  • more granular timeout and rate/resource limiting capability;
  • more finely-tuned caching support, tailored for high traffic servers and proxies.

More details on the Apache Software Foundation blog and a list of all the new features in the Apache HTTP server documentation.

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