I have a very typical scenario:
browser -> web server -> web service
I've seen lots of articles/documentation about the benefit of compressing the data sent from the web server to the browser to save bandwidth, but I'm wondering if there are similar benefits to compressing the data between the web service and the web server?
XML should compress very small, so of course we'd get the same benefits in terms of bandwidth, but I'm specifically wondering if that will be offset by the processing power needed on the web server, to decrypt the SOAP messages that it receives.
Has anyone enabled gzip for web services, and has there been any performance improvement?
For that matter, will web service clients even understand gzip in the first place? Or would enabling encryption be a waste of time, that would never never be taken advantage of by the web service client?