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Zeus Web Server

Zeus Web Server was a proprietary web server for Unix and Unix-like platforms (including Solaris, FreeBSD,
HP-UX and Linux). It was developed by Zeus Technology, a software company located in Cambridge, England. The
original authors and company founders are University of Cambridge graduates Damian Reeves and Adam Twiss.

Support for AIX, Tru64, and Mac OS X was dropped on 10 June 2008.[1] No new ZWS releases have been made
since January 2010,[2] and the company no longer offers a similar server solution. In July 2011, the company was
acquired by Riverbed Technology,[3] who ended support for ZWS on November 30, 2014.[4]

Zeus was designed to be a high-performance web server[5] and was commonly used by hardware vendors
submitting SPECweb99 benchmarks for their hardware.[6] The SPECweb99 benchmark was retired in 2005 and
replaced by SPECweb2005.[7] While some SPECweb2005 submissions were made using Zeus, by 2008 it was no
longer among the top performers.[8]

In addition to static content serving, Zeus supported dynamic content via CGI, FastCGI, Apache JServ, ISAPI,
NSAPI, mod_perl, SSI and Zeus Distributed Authentication and Content (ZDAC), a proprietary FastCGI-like
protocol. While Zeus mainly competed with other commercial web servers such as Oracle iPlanet Web Server, it
also claimed a high degree of compatibility with Apache HTTP Server (including .htaccess support and a URL
rewriting system comparable to Apache's mod_rewrite), with the expectation that Apache users would migrate to
Zeus as their server load increased.[9] NSAPI and ISAPI were supported to ease migrations from Microsoft IIS and
Sun Java System Web Server.

See also
Comparison of web server software

1. "Archived copy" (
/10/zws_platform_eol_dec2007). Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved December 21,
2. "Archived copy" (
/13/zws_4_3r5_released). Archived from the original on November 21, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
3. "Riverbed Expands IT Performance Business with Acquisition of Zeus Technology" (
/us/company/news/press_releases/2011/press_071911b.php). Riverbed Technology. Retrieved 8 September
4. "Hardware & Software End of Life Policy" (
/end_of_life_policy.html). Riverbed Technology. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
5. "Web Server Software" ( Zeus. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
6. "All SPECweb99 Results" ( SPEC. Nov 21, 2005. Retrieved
7. "Retired SPEC Benchmarks" ( SPEC. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
8. "All SPECweb2005 Results" ( SPEC. Dec 19, 2008. Retrieved
9. Clyman, John (2002-01-15). "Zeus Web Server 4.0" (,2817,11536,00.asp).
Server's Advantage PC Magazine Editor's Choice Winner. PC Magazine. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
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External links
Zeus Technology's site ( redirects to Brocade Communications Systems site
ZWS Online Support (
Examples and How-To's (
Getting Started with Zeus Web Server 4.3 ( PDF 0.8MB
Zeus Web Server 4.3 User Guide ( PDF 3.58MB

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