Handle user uploads in static content server (newbie question)

Arvind Jayaprakash work at anomalizer.net
Mon Apr 12 06:17:58 MSD 2010

On Apr 12, Leonardo Crespo wrote:
>To make it simpler, here's a scenario:
>Server A is static.domain.com ip servers ALL static
>content (jpegs, gifs, pngs, mp3s etc... including user uploaded
>content like photo albums)
>Server B is www.domain.com ip servers DYNAMIC content, php files.
>If user submits a jpg to his photo album, it'll get uploaded to B, as
>page's going to run on server B because it's a .php file (upload.php).
>How can the image possibly be served from server A without
>synchronization issues?

You options are:

(1) Shared filesystem between the two hosts to hold the static content

(2) Use nginx with caching proxy on the static machine
In this setup, a cache miss will result in a request for the static
resource from the dynamic server (which I assume is also capable of
serving static content). This should work as long you expect to have a
high cache hit ratio

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