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Depending on what you're doing, haproxy is usually a better choice than nginx.

I've played with both over time, and I was never comfortable with HAProxy's performance.

As a load balancer, haproxy is usually what you want. It has more tools in the bag for those use cases.

As for performormance, my experience is that haproxy outperforms nginx in the load balance cases. You have to go out of your way to configure nginx to get close.

Here's an interesting comparison:


I especially love how the benchmark totally addresses the "events are always good and threads are always bad" FUD... Performance is a balance, not a simple, knee-jerk pronouncement.

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