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Does Tomcat itself a Web Server?

Nuwan Arambage
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I have confused with naming jargon when referring tomcat.... What is exactly a web server?..

what is difference between web server & HTTP server ?

Finally What is Apache-Tomcat......... ?

Nuwan Arambage
Lester Burnham

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Start here: WebVsApplicationServer
Nuwan Arambage
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Lester Burnham wrote:Start here: WebVsApplicationServer

ya I got a clear idea of these things ... so

What i understand is,
now , tomcat is not just a web container but it can serves pages as well . It can act as web server
Apache HTTP server is another software designed to serves static pages...

Still I had a doubt.... How much user load can bear by the Tomcat...

In production environment, what are the common practices people will follow to get the optimal performance??
I have heard that Integrating Apache Tomcat with Apache HTTP server is a good option to get the performance ??

Tim Holloway
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A web server is a server that responds to requests made using the HTTP protocol.

An HTTP server is a server that uses the HTTP protocol. So a web server is an HTTP server.

Apache Tomcat is a web application server for Java. In other words, it's a web server that hosts applications written in Java.

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