The Simple, Cost-Effective Solution for Upgrading Your VPS
Steadfast recommends LiteSpeed as a heavily optimized alternative to the Apache web server, helping our customers to avoid expensive upgrades and get more out of their existing hardware.
LSWS Reduces Load
At high traffic levels, Apache is a RAM hog and overloads your server — this is especially a problem for VPS users with limited memory. LiteSpeed Web Server's event-driven architecture uses far less memory and CPU than Apache. That means your services fit inside your VPS. Your VPS does not get overloaded and is able to handle far more connections quickly and reliably.
We now handle many times more traffic than we did in the beginning - using the same three old web servers we had Apache on three years ago!
LSWS Increases Performance and Stability
LiteSpeed Web Server's tiny memory footprint, along with optimized code and performance features, allow LSWS to outperform not only Apache but also its "high-performance" competitors, Nginx and Lighttpd — both in static and dynamic content. Faster processes and a tiny memory footprint also mean a less overloaded and therefore more dependable server — leading to lowered support costs.
The implementation of the LiteSpeed Web Server product has delivered measurable performance improvements across our fleet. The resource footprint of the product compared to others has halved our loads through reduced CPU, RAM and Disk IO consumption.
LSWS Is Ridiculously Easy to Set Up and Maintain
LSWS is Apache-compatible — it loads Apache configuration files directly, allowing you keep using all the software you currently use without changing configurations. This includes hosting control panels written for Apache, like cPanel (WHM) and Plesk. This makes LSWS a cinch to set up and maintain. Compare this to Nginx, which is not compatible with many web applications and has to be used as a static content proxy, adding more layers, more complexity, and more barriers to use.
The immediate boost in performance can be felt even before tweaking the configuration for LSWS.
LSWS Reduces Hardware and Support Costs
LiteSpeed Web Server's increased performance and efficiency mean you get a lot more out of your current hardware. LiteSpeed's licensing fee is far less than the hardware required to pursue similar results with Apache. Because LSWS can use Apache's configuration files, it allows you to keep your web applications, including your control panel. Switching to LSWS doesn't require new support skills or hours setting up a new system. LSWS allows you to keep your system the way you always have, while relieving you of the troubles of an overloaded server.
We found that we could process thousands or tens of thousands of requests per second on Litespeed while using only a fraction of the system resources Apache would require under the same workload.
For all these reasons, LiteSpeed Web Server comes highly recommended for getting more out of your current hardware and avoiding expensive upgrades. The question is not whether you can afford to switch to LiteSpeed. The question is: How much will it cost you to do anything else?