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Five open source technologies for 2012

Jan 03, 2012, 01:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joab Jackson)

[ Thanks to Amy Bennett for this link. ]

"For the better part of the last decade, the choice for Web server software has been pretty stable. Apache has been used on the majority of Web servers while Microsoft's IIS (Internet Information Services) is used across many of the rest. Over the past few years, however, use of a third entrant, Nginx (pronounced "engine-x"), has been on the rise, thanks to the software's ability to easily handle high-volume traffic.

"Nginx is already run on 50 million different Internet domains, or about 10 percent of the entire Internet, the developers of the software estimate. It is particularly widely used on highly trafficked Web sites, such as Facebook, Zappos, Groupon, Hulu, Dropbox, and WordPress. Not surprisingly, the software's creator, Igor Sysoev, designed Nginx in 2004 specifically to handle a large numbers of concurrent users -- up to 10,000 connections per server. 'It is a very lean architecture,' said Andrew Alexeev, a co-founder of a company that offers a commercial version of the software, called Nginx."

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