Strip Down Apache to Improve Performance & Memory Efficiency

Can you believe that its been five eight years since the release of Apache 2.4?! Still, most Apache based web servers continue to run Apache version 2.2 or even 2.0. This is understandable for the same reasons why Apache web servers are still used more than Nginx… compatibility, official support and features. If you haven’t replaced Apache […]

50 Top Server & Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Solutions

Back in 2014, I compiled a list of top server and application performance monitoring solutions. Sharing that list publicly was a great way to gain feedback and recommendations on other tools available. In time that list grew from 20 to over 100 server monitoring and APM solutions! Because of it’s growing size, I’ve created below, a smaller, more […]

Apache Performance: Disable .htaccess

About 3 years ago I wrote a short blog entry about the very basic Apache configuration mistakes and oversights which developers and server admins of the then $500 million dollar Healthcare.gov website made. Most shocking, were elemental oversights, as if devs were not aware of common best practices. Which brings us to another Apache performance related entry. A while […]

Healthcare.gov uses Apache server. It failed, here’s why.

Update Jan 19th 2015: Sometime over the past year or so Healthcare.gov’s headers were updated and now include the recommendations below. Ok, so I was curious and I looked into the headers of healthcare.gov and to my surprise its powered by, err’ Apache. However, as explained below, Apache was configured incorrectly. Here are Healthcare.gov’s main headers: HTTP/1.1 200 OK […]