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From Mike Millson <mmill...@meritonlinesystems.com>
Subject RE: Tomcat + Apache Web Server
Date Wed, 06 Apr 2005 16:20:00 GMT
On Wed, 2005-04-06 at 07:18, Pete Stevens wrote:
> > Consider the following Apache modules:
> > mod_headers
> > mod_expire
> > mod_deflate
> >
> > I've never seen a web application that wouldn't benefit from one or all
> > of these modules. And the performance improvements would likely more
> > than outweigh any overhead.
> >
> > If Tomcat provides any of the functionality of mod_headers, mod_expire,
> > or mod_deflate, it's news to me. So, why reinvent the wheel (e.g. w/ a
> > filter) when this functionality is available in Apache?
> >
> > I'm still unconvinced that running Apache in front of Tomcat isn't
> > almost always a good thing. But I'm listening if someone can convince me
> > otherwise.
> 
> Configuring Tomcat is a challenge. Configuring Tomcat + mod_jk + apache is
> even more of a challenge (see the number of posts on this list alone!). The
> chance of you dropping a security screw-up into the more complicated setup is
> much higher than the simple set up.[*] Unless you really need the performance
> benefit of the above modules - and many many people don't - why go to the
> extra setup effort, and extra risk of making mistakes?
> 
 
Every web application can benefit from compressing and caching static
resources. It decreases the number of connections your server must
handle. To not have caching, I think, is to ignore a best practice. Or
at the very least ignore the opportunity to improve the user experience
with faster response times. It's not that hard to integrate Apache w/
Tomcat, and I still benefits to this approach that standalone Tomcat
does not offer.

Mike
-- 
Merit Online Systems, Inc.
http://www.meritonlinesystems.com
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