nginx vs apache as a reverse proxy

Linden Varley Linden.Varley at
Mon Mar 2 09:43:32 MSK 2009

I'm doing some simple testing on a FreeBSD 7.0 server comparing Apache2 vs Nginx as a reverse proxy to an Apache backend server. The backend serves mainly static images using mod_python.

I have yet to do thorough testing but it seems as though Apache2 has slightly higher throughput (KB/s measured using Jmeter) when compared to Nginx under moderate load.

Has anyone else found Apache to have a higher throughput as a reverse proxy? Can I assume it's because Nginx doesn't use http keep-alives to backend servers and thus creates a new connection upon each request?


-          Linden

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