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Dynamics of static content

 
Rama Raghavan
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This is a generic web architecture question:
Consider we have a web server (say iPlanet) and an application server (say, weblogic, or webshpere). The application is deployed as a war file on the app server. The web server and app server are on two different boxes (unix).
The weblogic plug-in on the iPlanet directs traffic to the app server based on ppath.
A given URL resolved on the app server (via jsp/servlets/ejb communication) may have static content such as images or links to html etc.
Seems to me that the static content can be managed better by not putting them inside the war file..say I have updates to the images, etc..BUT
1. Could the static content (gifs, text, multi-media files, flash, javascript) for an application be stored on the web server, while dynamic content (jsp/servlets) be located on the app server ?
2. Does this mean the app server opens a http connection with the web server as well ?
3. What are the performance issues with this model ?
4. Are the best practices anyone can share on this
Thanks much -
 
Chris Mathews
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Rama,
In the future please avoid cross-posting the same question to multiple forums. As it is, your duplicate post in the Architect seems to have already generated some traffic so I am going to go ahead and close this topic.
Any responses should be directed here.
 
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