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Apache vs. Nginx – testing performance under heavy load

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It has come to my attention, when a client of mine recently experienced unexpected traffic spike, that some industry standard solutions not always work or should i say not 100% reliable all the time. My client’s server setup was an-old-school Apache 2.2/mod_php WordPress blog installation. One day they posted some “hot-buzz” celebrity photos and server had become non-responsive under the traffic flow. Of course, at that time i was unaware about high-availability setups and never imagined scenarios like this one, when you get monthly volume of visitors during the 24 hour period.

Since then i have researched a lot of places online and found, that Apache web server is not the only solution to the hosting setup problem. Many others exist and those others, event quite “beta”, allow for the great tolerance for the high volume traffic.

Today i’d like to share with you my test results for my current server setup – LEMP or Linux, nginx (Engine-x), MySQL, PHP-FPM versus my old setup for this blog: LAMP – Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. Both of those are on the Linode VPS (Linode 360). Before getting rid of the old server configuration i booted it one more time and ran tests using guys from LoadImpact to determine how will each of these survive under the load of 10-20-30-40-50 simulations requests.

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Nikon D3000 – great budget DSLR with awesome features


For most of the people professional photography means expensive cameras and costly equipment with price tags somewhere around $1500.00. Not for me – i was lucky enough to be given Nikon D3000 for my birthday and i must say i love it. By the way – Best Buy now has it on sale – go check it out.

Besides professional modes on the settings dial it has your regular point-and-shoot camera options for portrait, landscape, sport and auto mode. So you can experiment with aperture and ISO in pro-mode and if fail switch back to the basic ones, shooting awesome quality pictures. Camera kit lens, which are included with this one are great for taking not only portrait photos, but for shooting almost anything.

Take a look at those i took not so long ago in Central Park:

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Nokia N810 WiMax edition review


Nokia N810 WiMax edition

Update: Even the device is no longer available, as well as XOMH network, I have decided to keep this post. See, I liked all things Nokia at the time and thinking this review is a good trip down memory lane for Finnish phone maker.

There is a lot of excitement going on now about Sprint’s XOHM network, which is promising blazing internet speeds with coverage sized a huge city-shaped hot spot. Now, we know about cell network data capabilities with major providers, recently started pushing their broadband network cards with unlimited data plans, but XOHM network is promised to deliver something new with cable-like speeds over the air.

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