Pound / Mongrel vs Apache / FastCGI etc

Hi

Not really asking for a debate, per say, but more of a link ot a page
outlining the differences in methodologies for deploying production
quality (high volume) Rails sites.

To me Apache has the win for handling my static content from the load
point of view but loses a few points with fastCGI.

The Pound / Mongrel solution seems more ‘Rails-esque’ and also able to
handle large load.

Thanks.

On 29 Jun 2007, at 05:37, Jean N. wrote:

Not really asking for a debate, per say, but more of a link ot a page
outlining the differences in methodologies for deploying production
quality (high volume) Rails sites.

To me Apache has the win for handling my static content from the load
point of view but loses a few points with fastCGI.

The Pound / Mongrel solution seems more ‘Rails-esque’ and also able to
handle large load.

I wrote up a post on installing Apache + Pound + mongrel_cluster at
http://forums.rimuhosting.com/forums/showthread.php?t=389
My setup places Apache BEFORE Pound, so I’m only using pound for
balancing my Rails apps, the rest (PHP, plesk, stats) is handled by
Apache directly.

Been very happy with the performance and ease of configuration.

Best regards

Peter De Berdt

Peter De Berdt wrote:

I wrote up a post on installing Apache + Pound + mongrel_cluster at
http://forums.rimuhosting.com/forums/showthread.php?t=389
My setup places Apache BEFORE Pound, so I’m only using pound for
balancing my Rails apps, the rest (PHP, plesk, stats) is handled by
Apache directly.

Been very happy with the performance and ease of configuration.

Best regards

Peter De Berdt

Excellent article thanks!

Do look into nginx + mongrel. I’ve been messing around with it recently
and
it’s really quite the system, and is the server that many Rails
developers
are turning to.

A couple of links regarding nginx and Rails

http://blog.kovyrin.net/2006/08/22/high-performance-rails-nginx-lighttpd-mongrel/

http://errtheblog.com/post/3908

The short: nginx absolutely screams past Apache in benchmarks, is MUCH
easier to configure and nearly as feature complete as Apache, with it’s
own
build in proxy balancing.

Heck, I’ve gotten nginx to proxy back to an Apache process for SVN
access in
very little time (nginx’s WebDAV plugin isn’t ready for SVN yet, but
it’s
getting there). Give it a try, it’s quite impressive.

Jason

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