Re: [OxLUG] Multicore hardware and HTTP servers

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Author: Jamie Lokier
To: Oxfordshire Linux User Group Discussion List
Subject: Re: [OxLUG] Multicore hardware and HTTP servers
Hubert Matthews wrote:
> wrote:
> > The most popular web servers are Apache and Microsoft IIS. Is anyone
> > involved with heavy traffic web sites and has problems with web server
> > reliability, scalability or heavy load? What about dynamic content and
> > the back-ends that support it, i.e. CGI, Server Pages, etc. Which
> > technology is the most practical and scalable?
> Avoid CGI for heavy load, particularly on IIS/Windows as the process
> creation overhead is high. FastCGI is much better but does require some
> minor tweaks to get it working.
> Most high volume sites I've seen are either running Apache with PHP and
> associated accelerators or IIS/ASP.NET. There are also a number running
> Java app servers (JBoss, WebSphere, WebLogic). They can all be made to
> work reliably and scale. Personally I wouldn't use Ruby on Rails,
> although there are people such as Joyent who seem to be able to make it
> work well.

I think Lighttpd ("Lighty") is used quite a bit too, as a front end to
PHP especially.

-- Jamie