I have a problem with a slow Apache server with SSL 256bit cert
ab -n 500 https://example.com/ Time per request 29 ms ab -n 500 http://example.com/ Time per request 10 ms
52 Bytes is sent in both requests and the tests are done from a server in the same datacenter
SSLEngine on SSLProtocol All -SSLv2 SSLHonorCipherOrder On SSLCipherSuite ALL:!ADH:!EXP:!LOW:!RC2:!3DES:!SEED:!RC4:+HIGH:+MEDIUM
Is it normal that SSL is 3 times slower than plain HTTP requests?