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From Tim Shaw <>
Subject Re: Advantages to putting Apache as front end to Tomcat
Date Thu, 19 Jun 2003 13:38:56 GMT
Additional question if I may ...


Reason : A previous Admin system was CGI-perl based. I have used TC to 
do the stuff I do ... but we still need the previous bits. We're about 
to integrate, and I have taken it on 'faith' that we can just 'mix the 2 
together' - others know Apache well.

I thought I'd piggyback on this question 'cos it seemed relevant - sorry.


Collins, Jim wrote:
> One other point I would like to add is running on port 80. If you use apache
> as soon as the server has started it can switch to another role which you
> can't do with Tomcat.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Shapira, Yoav []
> Sent: 19 June 2003 14:07
> To: Tomcat Users List
> Subject: RE: Advantages to putting Apache as front end to Tomcat
> Howdy,
> Apache is the best HTTP web server out there, I'd say.  That's a
> sweeping statement that covers:
> - Configurability: you can configure pretty much anything any which way
> - Stability: no other HTTP server is hit as hard / as much as Apache
> httpd, no other HTTP server is expected to stay up as long
> - Security: Apache is extremely well tested for security, constantly
> being analyzed by hackers, pros, etc.
> - Speed: for just serving static HTML content, Apache is as good as they
> come IMHO
> Disadvangtes of Apache/Tomcat versus Tomcat-standalone include:
> - Increased configuration difficulty
> - Increased number of services (2 instead of 1) that need to be
> monitored, started, etc.
> - Increased difficulty of debugging problems
> Both Apache and Tomcat can do SSL/HTTPS by themselves.  Both can do
> virtual hosting by themselves.  Apache is at least as good, possibly
> better, than tomcat at virtual hosting.  
> This topic has been discussed at length, so I would usually say just
> search the archives.  However, I think a lot of people still have this
> conception that tomcat sucks at static content (which it doesn't) and
> that all serious applications use apache as a front-end (which they
> don't).  I personally tend to have an operational view of things, and
> have found tomcat-standalone (with a security manager and a tight
> security policy) to be sufficient for my real-world needs.
> I'm sure other people will disagree ;)  But it's nice to have choices.
> If nothing else, you can always start with tomcat standalone, and if you
> run into something you can't do, add Apache.
> Yoav Shapira
> Millennium ChemInformatics
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Jeremy Nix []
>>Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2003 8:48 AM
>>Subject: Advantages to putting Apache as front end to Tomcat
>>What are the advantages/disadvantages to using Apache as the http
> server
>>sending all jsp/servlet related traffic to Tomcat for processing, or
>>using Tomcat stand alone?  Other factors...I need to run SSL, and to
>>support multiple virtual hosts.
>>Jeremy Nix
>>Senior Application Developer
>>Southwest Financial Ltd.
>>(513) 621-6699 ext 1158
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