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What are some benefits to using HAProxy instead of Nginx to load balance?

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http://serverfault.com – Trying to decide between these two configs: Nginx -> HAProxy -> Apache servers Nginx -> Apache servers I'm wondering what benefits there are of using the first configuration over the second. I've heard that HAProxy is better at load balancing than Nginx but wasn't able to find any specifics. Also, how much of a performance difference is there between the first and second option? Since requests have to go through an extra stage. Thanks. EDIT: In the first configuration, I have Nginx as a front end to perform SSL termination before passing the requests to HAProxy. (HowTos)