I'm only looking to serve up static (
.PNG files) that will rarely change, and will hopefully be heavily cached by the end users.
Therefore I'd like to be able to set this up to not serve up cookies, gzip the text based files, and set the outbound cache headers to 12mo. (filenames are versioned)... and enable a decent server-side cache.
With this being rolled out, the OS and Web Server to be used are up for grabs. My default thoughts we're... well, duh Apache on Linux... but in my recent research I've read some not flattering things about Apache (when compared to other servers) (Lighttpd).
We can't be the first team to have setup a dedicated static Web Server (/pool) thus I'm hoping others have some stats to compare.
If I believe the stats I read so far (none are really unbiased 3rd party), it appears that the raw speed and ability to handle concurrent connections places the servers in this order.
I'm not even sure where IIS, Tomcat, Jetty, LiteSpeed, etc. fit into the rankings.
Now I realize there are other considerations (OS lock-in, $$$/licensing, ease of use & community knowledge) but outside those...
Has anyone here done any speed comparisons (e.g. with HTTP Test Tool, ApacheBench or similar) against these servers and has info they can share about which is faster at serving static content or noticed any alarming memory usage etc.?