I am running an apache server and a JSP web application which I am accessing over LAN.
I want to test the performance of the web app(it's a third party...not written by me) to decide whether to run it under HTTP or HTTPS.
I am a beginner when it comes to all this performance testing and all. Can someone recommend me tools and give some beginner level info on this issue(a detailed blog post would also do).
Basically, I need to know how should I go about the testing and how can I decide whether to run it under HTTP or HTTPS?
Ofcourse HTTPS would be preferred but if the performance impact is significant then I will run it under HTTP. I want to know how the quantified impact on performance.
I know there are some similar questions out there(like this How much of a performance hit for https vs http for apache?), but the answers are mostly targeted towards quite expert administrators and I am not able to understand how to use the tools mentioned in those answers.
P.S. I am running everything under windows.