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Apache vs Nginx Web server

Nginx and Apache are Linux based web servers that serve as backbone for websites in transferring data and running programming scripts and languages. Historically, Apache has been the most popular web server since its launch in 1996, and in 2009, it became the first server to exceed 100 millionth website mark. As of 2009, over 45% of the websites were hosted using Apache as their web servers.

However, since 2011, 2 years after the launch of Nginx (pronounced as Nginx), a steady downfall has been observed in the adoption rate of Apache. This downfall has been reported to be from as high as 63% to below 40%, a sharp decline of 23% over since 2011. Here are some differences between both servers, and which one serves to be better in terms of speed and performance:

  1. Architectural differences

Apache and Nginx have difference in their architecture designs. Nging is an event-based, whereas Apache is a process-based server. Both have their own set of features. However, the steady dropfall in the adoption rates of Apache has been observed due to the fact that Nginx is a much faster server than its counterpart. Moreover, since it is event-driven, Nginx server is best known for its scalability and does not allow the server RAM to be consumed heavily under heavy loads. Apache on the other hand does the opposite and hence results in degraded server performance. Nginx only requires the minimal amount of server resources to run and avoids heavy consumption of resources.

  1. Performance

Due to the event-drive process, Nginx is faster than Apache and is best used for serving static content with optimum memory consumption of server resources. It does not need to request new threads to load a process, unlike Apache. Nginx is an excellent servier for doing reverse proxies of millions of HTTP websites. However, it only uses minimum amount of resources, compared to over-consumption of resources by Apache.

  1. Ease of use

Apache has dramatically improved itself over the last few years in terms of bug fixes, and ease of use. On the other hand, Nginx is also fairly easy to use with lesser amount of time and effort required in deployment as compared to its counterpart.


Both servers are great in terms of their own features. However complete reliance just on the servers for speed and performance is just not a wise option. In the internet of things, web servers, server resources, cloud/shared/VPS/dedicated, all choices combined make a logical decision of determining performance of websites.

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Cloud Computing security – How secure is Cloud Computing?

 What do Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Box and other similar cloud services have in common? They offer, economical, scalable and safe data storage solutions that not only decrease costs and increase economies of scale, but also provide easy access from anywhere in the world.

From consumer or industrial point of view, cloud computing has started gaining attention due to the widespread benefits that come with it. But, is it really without any risks? In this article, we share our thoughts regarding the security of your data in cloud computing. Here are the top 6 most worrisome threats to cloud computing that pose serious challenge to consumers and organizations alike to keep their data safe and secure:

Data breach and theft

Nothing is more dangerous than having your data breached and stolen in the cloud, as pointed shared by analysts in the survey conducted by CSA. Virtual machines can be vulnerable to leak cryptographic keys, which hackers can use to enter any operating system in the cloud and steal data. If encryption key is the way to encrypt data, then losing this key would mean losing your entire data.

 Data Loss

Whereas a hacker can access and delete the data, the cloud service provider can get disrupted due to fire, natural disasters or other emergency situations resulting in complete data loss. Data loss may not be an issue for most of the users, but if a cloud service providers is specifically assigned the duty to safeguard vulnerable data, it can be dragged and prosecuted in the court for violating data safety laws.

Service traffic hijacking

Whenever a hacker gets access to a client’s credentials in the cloud, it is not difficult for him to manipulate data, get the customers to illegitimate websites and steal all of the important information such as credit card numbers.

Weak infrastructure and APIs

Cloud computing is a serious game, and needs to be managed and monitored using strong infrastructures and APIs.

Dos attacks

Also termed as Denial of service attacks, DoS attacks were not a major threat until recently, when cloud computing started gaining widespread populatrity and usage. Hackers can initiate DoS attacks to damage the cloud service providers and their clients in terms of financial resources. In this attack, the hacker inflates the time required to run resources, making it extremely expensive for the cloud service provider’s client to keep the data for very long.


Believe it or not, a current or former employee working with the cloud storage provide knows not only the exact location of servers but has access to networks, systems or important data. The insider can be bought by an agency or a team of hackers to steal the vulnerable information.

Cloud computing has its own merits and setbacks. Hence, it should be used with caution by companies having an extra data backup plan in case the cloud service provider is unable to meet the client demands.

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