Nginx (pronounced as engine-X) is beating Apache as a web server in terms of performance. Its being used by WordPress, Hulu and SourceForge. As per recent Netcraft survey, its already the number 3 web server after Apache and Microsoft with 6.62 percent marketshare.

In a test carried out by Linux Journal, Nginx beat Apache by nearly double performance with less than 1/2 the resources. Its able to do this because of its architecture and yes its open source.

Web Server Worker Processes CPU Utilisation Memory Used requests served
Nginx 1 15% 1MB 11,500
Apache 4 (threaded mode) 30% 17MB 6,500

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