Hi - Looking for some guidance or info - For a small intranet installation (say 30 hits a day) with not too much processing, can Tomcat be installed standalone without any downside or risk. Or is it always recommended to install Apache and the plugin to Tomcat for production configurations. I am thinking of security, performance issues. Any replies appreciated. M.
Unless you need some module specific to Apache, there is absolutely no reason to use the Apache/Tomcat combination. I was just looking at this Tomcat FAQ on Tomcat performance which indicates that Tomcat can equal Apache for serving plain html under some conditions. One of the links there lead to this quote:
I have a server right now that has 20 distinct instances of Tomcat on it, is serving a fairly sustained rate of 500kbps-1.2Mbps with several hundreds of open connections. About 1.3 million hits a month, but hits are misleading. CPU load (dual P3-1.2) is averaging 31%. 4GB of RAM, memory used averages about 2.2GB. Red Hat 7.2, Tomcat 3.1.
For security, Tomcat offers very fine-grained security via the Java SecurityManger mechanism.