Apache releases first major new version of popular Web server in six years

Apache releases first major new version of popular Web server in six years

Summary: The first new version of Apache, the world's most popular Web server, has just been released after six years with new cloud-friendly features

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Apache has just released its first major new version of its Web server in six years.

Apache has just released its first major new version of its Web server in six years.

The Apache Software Foundation has just announced the release version 2.4 of its award-winning Apache HTTP Server. This is the first major release of the Apache Web server in more than six years. Long before the release of Apache 2.2 in December 1st, 2005 though, Apache was already the most popular Web server in the world. Today Apache powers almost 400 million Web sites.

"It is with great pleasure that we announce the availability of Apache HTTP Server 2.4", said Eric Covener, Vice President of the Apache HTTP Server Project in a statement. "This release delivers a host of evolutionary enhancements throughout the server that our users, administrators, and developers will welcome. We've added many new modules in this release, as well as broadened the capability and flexibility of existing features.”

The Foundation claims that numerous enhancements make Apache HTTP Server v2.4 ideally suited for Cloud environments. These include:

    • Improved performance (lower resource utilization and better concurrency) • Reduced memory usage • Asyncronous I/O support • Dynamic reverse proxy configuration • Performance on par, or better, than pure event-driven Web servers • More granular timeout and rate/resource limiting capability • More finely-tuned caching support, tailored for high traffic servers and proxies.

Additional Apache 2.4 features include easier problem analysis, improved configuration flexibility, more powerful authentication and authorization, and documentation overhaul.

It's that first point, improved performance, that most users have been waiting for. While Apache has remained very popular, many users have wanted a faster Web server.

This update has been long expected, but it couldn't come at a better time for Apache. In recent months NGINX, a low-latency, high-performance Web server, has flown by Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS) to become the world's number two Web server. While it seems unlikely that NGINX could overcome Apache's commanding lead, NGINX has recently started to offer commercial support and is growing in popularity compared to both Apache and IIS in recent months.

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Topics: Open Source, Browser, Hardware, Servers

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  • RE: Apache releases first major new version of popular Web server in six years

    Kudos Apache
    daikon
  • RE: Apache releases first major new version of popular Web server in six years

    I cannot wait to get my grubby little sys admin paws on this version its waaaaay overdue
    KineticArtist
  • MCSEs wrong again

    A few years ago they talked up IIS. Those with experience of the competition knew better. Wrong again fanboys:-)
    Richard Flude
    • Are you this insecure in real life?

      @Richard Flude: Or just here in the ZDNet forums?
      ye
      • He must have failed the exam, hence all of the bitterness

        @ye what other reason can there be?
        otaddy
      • ye, if being wrong builds confidence...

        then the MCSEs in these talkbacks must be really secure.

        otaddy, given the extraordinary ignorance of those I've worked with the qualification I don't think it is possible to fail. Watching them clicking away in ISS4 to try and get 24hrs uptime (whilst denigrating Unix - uptime years ) was one of my career highlights.

        It wasn't that long ago many on ZDNet were talking up IIS's prospects;-)
        Richard Flude
    • IIS beats Apache in every way

      @Richard Flude
      Faster, lighter, more modular, more extensible, more features, more secure.
      honeymonster
      • Sorry, I thought you were describing me

        But then I noted that you were merely reading an advertising script.
        ego.sum.stig
  • RE: Apache releases first major new version of popular Web server in six years

    Thank you Apache and its dedication for everything you have done for us. Apache deserves eloquent and highest technological innovation award.
    Netteligent