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I am planning to setup nginx as reverse proxy. I will have apache to deliver my dynamic content, and nginx will deliver the static content.

My configuration i have now is just Apache with fastCGI. This gives me no configuration problems and runs great.

After I have set up nginx I want to run some benchmarks to see if I really got some performance increases, else i will switch back.

Does anyone know how I can benchmark this type of setup? Or maybe someone did this already and have some canned results, I will be glad to hear them.

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You can use the siege utility... It is a simple command line program for roughly benchmarking a server configuration.

It basically just requests pages from a defined list in an arbitrary parallel fashion and compiles a nice statistic in the end like average response time, how many times the connection timed out, etc...

It is nice to estimate, how many users/traffic your configuration will be able to stand.

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Thank you I will look in to this –  Saif Bechan Mar 27 '10 at 3:24

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