Network Computing: The 10 Most Important Products of the Decade (#6, Apache)

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Oct 2, 2000


"With its serendipitous beginnings, their product, the Apache Web Server, provides an extremely flexible and feature-rich open-source alternative to those Web servers offered by industry leaders Microsoft and iPlanet (formerly the Sun-Netscape Alliance). Popular with weekend-warrior Webmasters as well as many big-name sites, Apache Web Server today is the most widely used of all Web servers. According to the Netcraft Web Server survey (www.netcraft.com), it achieved that position approximately one year after the Apache Server Project began and has continued to gain adherents ever since." Apache Web Server is perhaps the best example of the open-source movement at work. Just as swiftly as the server has been widely adopted, so have innovative technologies such as Java and XML been added. With a developer base of actual users, Apache Web Server typically is updated with the newest technologies long before commercial equivalents are. In fact, because of Apache Web Server's modular nature and open-source roots, competing technologies sometimes are simultaneously in development, with Webmasters left to choose which technology fits their needs best.

"Apache Web Server is perhaps the best example of the open-source movement at work. Just as swiftly as the server has been widely adopted, so have innovative technologies such as Java and XML been added. With a developer base of actual users, Apache Web Server typically is updated with the newest technologies long before commercial equivalents are. In fact, because of Apache Web Server's modular nature and open-source roots, competing technologies sometimes are simultaneously in development, with Webmasters left to choose which technology fits their needs best."

"Although the Mosaic browser tops our list for revolutionizing the desktop, Apache Web Server earns its place for changing the rules on the server side. The future of Apache hinges on its ability to function as an e-commerce server. If the past five years are any indication, Apache Web Server will deliver the whole shopping cart--and probably sooner than its competitors do."

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