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The development was completed and the map works according to requirements: layers are loaded and assembled properly, and the user can browse the map by panning and zooming in or out.
The problem we’ve encountered is scalability: a stress test with 20 concurrent users failed, causing CPU usage to reach 100% and clogging the bandwidth.
The questions we have for this esteemed forum are the following:
-Is MapServer an appropriate technology to support mapping applications on a public facing website? If not, what alternative technologies can we use?
-Is Ka-Map a suitable caching component for MapServer? Are there better performing caching component available to work with MapServer?
-Is our hosting platform appropriately sized to support MapServer / Ka-Map for use on a public facing website? If not, what would be a suitable hosting environment?
-What areas should we work on to improve the scalability of our hosting platform. Our developer recommended: switching from a Virtual Machine to a dedicated server, implementing fast-cgi for PHP.
Thanks you all for your help in this matter