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Given a webserver experiencing high loads, how would you optimize current resources before throwing more hardware at the problem?

Good Place to Start is:

Measure: When trying to improve something, it is essential to find a way to measure it first. How can you be sure there was any improvement if there is no metric to prove it? Trying to improve something without metrics is most of the time just random and wasted work, and even at best only application of old knowledge. Metrics enables also the persons doing the measurement to learn from each iteration and perhaps discover something new and take the world one small step forward.

Since the world is going mobile, PageSpeed recommends that a user should be served with a page within atleast 1 second of a request. Excluding the network overhead leaves the provider with about 400ms optimization leg room ( This is time…

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