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Using Instant Server to Benchmark

I just heard about Instant Server ( and immediately thought that it would provide a kick ass way to do some benchmark testing. Five minutes later, I had Apache Benchmark installed and was testing. Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Start a new server up.
  2. Install Apache Utilities
    sudo apt-get install apache2-utils
  3. Start Benchmarking
    ab -n 100 -c 10

One other tip, try bench marking something you know is fast (like google) first so that you can compare your results with a useful… uh… benchmark.

Oh, and in case you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, you can learn more about Apache Benchmark here.




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