Swiftiply: A step forward in Rails serving?
A few days ago Kirk Haines announced the release of Swiftiply, an "agnostic clustering proxy for web applications that is specifically designed to support HTTP traffic from web frameworks." In particular, it's a fast, clustering proxy that uses untraditional methods to deliver a lot of dynamism, reliability and performance. Naturally, the first target for Swiftiply's benefits is Rails, in the shape of a replacement to the mongrel_rails script (merb is also directly supported).
This all sounds like sales talk, but merb creator Ezra Zygmuntowicz has posted about his experiences with using Swiftiply to serve one of his Rails apps and has noticed a significant increase in daemon performance. From FastCGI to lighttpd to Apache/mod_proxy_cluster to Mongrel/Pound to Nginx, developments in serving Rails applications have come quickly.. perhaps Swiftiply will provide another step forward?