no performance improvement on nginx reverse-proxy

SplitIce mat999 at
Wed Oct 13 10:18:14 MSD 2010

The only time you will see a performance increase from nginx as a reverse
proxy is when you need features that apache does badly like keep alive.

On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 5:11 PM, Cliff Wells <cliff at> wrote:

> On Wed, 2010-10-13 at 12:33 +0800, yung wrote:
> > After testing for some times (have been changing the arugments for
> > http_load), I found nginx with reverse-proxy is not better than the
> > realserver.
> > Even the result is worse for accessing nginx than access apache directly.
> > So how do you think about it?
> > Suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
> >
> If you use a Ferrari to tow a dump truck, you will find that the dump
> truck actually goes slightly faster on its own.
> In short, there are so many bottlenecks in your test setup (Apache, CGI,
> database) that the speed differences you see are probably not even
> statistically significant.
> Further, it's not clear at all why you think adding additional layers of
> processing (a proxy) to your stack would somehow magically speed things
> up.   *Of course* it will be slower.   How could you ever expect
> anything different?   The typical use-case of Nginx in front of Apache
> is to allow Nginx to serve static resources to take the load away from
> Apache.   You could also use some of Nginx' caching features to take
> load off Apache.   You did none of these things.   I think you need to
> think harder about what you are testing.
> Regards,
> Cliff
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