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Originally developed for Unix, Apache is now a cross-platform solution for hosting and developing web applications. Its international community of open-source contributors and security specialists makes it an affordable, dependable backbone for web services.
Apache HTTP Server has more than 20 years of proven reliability in providing essential web services, but the advent of the Java interactive scripting language required more than basic HTTP functionality. Enter Apache Tomcat, a Java Server Page (JSP) and Java servlet server that can run alone or pair with existing Apache HTTP servers to add power. Apache Tomcat adds full JSP functionality to your web services. Apache Tomcat seamlessly processes incoming JSP and servlet requests in a designated container and passes the ensuing data to the section of the web delivery pipeline with no disruption to the end-user experience.
With more than two decades of proven success, it’s natural that a host of tools to augment Apache’s capabilities sprung up around the software. As with almost any task, using the right tools in Apache HTTP make jobs easier and faster. Here’s an incomplete look at some of the more popular—and powerful—options for expanding Apache.
Want to find a specific Apache tool? Check out the complete list of in-production and under-development open-source software projects for and in conjunction with Apache HTTP.
The key to a successful Apache system is knowing how to find, manage, and react to the log data generated by Apache. The enormous number of interactions occurring each second in your Apache environment creates a corresponding flood of data. One string of it can be the key to determining where and how your network is underperforming.
The first step to mastering logging is enabling the appropriate modules in Apache. These include:
Through advanced Apache logging analytics, administrators can glean a wealth of information. Apache gathers only two distinct types of logs: Apache Access and Error Logs.
These logs denote critical information about who is accessing your environment, where they are going, and what they’re attempting to do while visiting. These logs allow admins to gather page views and visits, successful and failed access attempts, visiting IP addresses, and more.
If access logs record who went where then error logs capture what went wrong. Details include configuration problems, dropped connections, document failures, 400 errors, and other mishaps.
Between the two, access and error logs hold all the information you need to troubleshoot and fine-tune your network. Apache’s ubiquity has naturally inspired an array of third-party log analysis tools, but the best ones will key in on five focus areas for Apache activity:
Industry-leading log analysis and machine learning Apache partners can scrutinize the access and error logs even further, scouring them for micro details like:
The most important power an Apache log analysis tool should unlock is visualization. The structure and volume of raw data contained in Apache logs can hide the needle you seek in a haystack of codes and numbers, even though it records only two essential activities access and error. Native Apache logs contain the needed data, but finding it can be tricky. Here’s an example of how to count visitors.
Through interactive visualization, the right log analytics tools transform that into clear, easy-to-understand graphs and charts showing what’s happening in your environment.
Check out these additional links to learn more about advanced logging, reacting to important metrics like traffic analysis, and isolating and responding to critical errors in Apache.
If you are doing business on the web, you’re doing it on or near Apache web services. One of the oldest and largest platforms in the history of the web, Apache still provides powerful, open-source solutions to modern web hosting challenges. The keys to success in Apache are understanding what it can do, expanding its power by adding additional Apache resources, and transforming raw logging data into information you can see and use. Learn how Sumo Logic provides deep visibility into the operations of your Apache web servers.
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