vFabric Web Server is the Web server and load-balancing component of VMware vFabric Suite. vFabric Web Server 5.1 is based on Apache HTTP Server version 2.2.
In addition to the standard features of Apache HTTP Server, vFabric Web Server provides the following mission-critical benefits:
Ability to easily install multiple instances of vFabric Web Server running on a single computer.
Scalable management of multiple Web sites and servers; you can run and manage hundreds of instances of vFabric Web Server.
Support for heterogeneous environments (32- and 64-bit architectures): Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), AIX, Solaris, and Microsoft Windows. vFabric Web Server can be updated and patched across all servers at once. See Supported Configurations and System Requirements for details.
This section lists the complete contents of vFabric Web Server 5.1.
This document describes features and functionality for vFabric Web Sever 5.1. For general information about new features in Apache HTTP Server 2.2, see the Apache Web site.
Core Apache HTTP 2.2.22 Binaries
Apache mod_ftp 0.9.6
Apache mod_fcgid 2.3.6 (a FastCGI invoker)
mod_bmx (Hyperic plug-in for monitoring support)
You typically install vFabric Web Server from the
vfabric-web-server- package, which contains all the preceding compiled modules. For your convenience, VMware also makes a
vfabric-web-server-devel- package available which you can use to build HTTPD modules. Typically, you install the
-devel package only on development computers, and not on production computers.
The mod_fcgid distributed with vFabric Web Server 5.1 is an implementation of the connector to FastCGI applications. This module allows the user to provision FastCGI providers such as PHP or Ruby on Rails from third parties, running out-of-process from the server itself.
Many applications can be built to support FastCGI; consult your language or application documentation for details. The application providing FastCGI services is launched by mod_fcgid on the initial request, and reused for subsequent requests to that application or language environment.
For details on configuring an application, including the number of persistent processes created, see Apache Module mod_fcgid.