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Thursday, May 18 • 11:20am - 12:10pm
mod_cache: Saving Your Server 1000 Requests at a Time - Jim Riggs, Ingram Content Group

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The Apache web server is amazing at serving content, both static and proxied. As load increases, we immediately look at external caching or scaling out to add capacity. Adding a caching layer or quickly spinning up additional VMs/instances is quick and painless in the "DevOps" world in which we live; however, we must recognize that neither option is free.

In most cases, though, httpd has a lot more capacity to give with no hardware scaling at all. With strategic use of mod_cache and a few configuration changes, it is not unusual to see httpd's throughput increase 100-1000 times or even more, depending on the app!

We will investigate simple ways to implement mod_cache in your existing setup to increase your application's throughput without code changes, scaling up, or scaling out. Think of it as "scaling to"; that is, using your existing web servers' capabilities to their fullest.

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Jim Riggs

Linux Systems Administrator, Ingram Content Group
Jim has been a System Administrator for over twelve years, currently with Ingram Content Group and previously with Dave Ramsey's company, both in the Nashville area. He builds and maintains Unix/Linux environments for high-traffic web sites and applications, focusing on security and... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 11:20am - 12:10pm EDT
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