Apache vs. nginx : Web Server Performance Deathmatch

In the past few months, nginx (pronounced “Engine X”) has become The Little Engine That Could. This is most evident in Rails deployments and in Zimbra 5, where it replaced perdition for IMAP/POP3 proxying. For Rails, it is typically replacing Apache 2.2 proxy_load_balancer as a front-end to Mongrel.

One of our engineers, Joe Williams, decided to put both system to the test with a Battle Royale. Check out the results.