I'm likely to setup nginx as reverse proxy. I'll have apache to provide my dynamic content, and nginx will provide the static content.

My configuration i've now's just Apache with fastCGI. This provides me no configuration problems and runs great.

Once I have setup nginx I wish to run some benchmarks to ascertain if I truly got a bit of performance increases, else i'll switch back.

Does anybody understand how I'm able to benchmark this kind of setup? Or possibly someone did this already and also have some canned results, I'll be glad to listen to them.

PS. I understand this really is more a serverfault kind of question, but i've come across numerous posts about apache and nginx and so i thought i try it out

Better solution? Siege.

Better benchmarking tool than ab

a word: ab