Joe

ModEvasive also helped with a couple of random bad-actors that tend to pop up from time to time

Joe

we’ve recently had to dig into apache tuning (which can be a bit of a rabbit hole) and have found some really interesting things about how it all works. for example, we saw a huge gain in site performance by moving from apache’s mpm_prefork and ModPHP to using mpm_event and PHP-FPM

Joe

just to clarify - you’re saying it’s not legitimate?

Mat Gilbert

yeah it's not, overnight those eastern european countries 2-3x'd the USA traffic we normally get

Joe

if the traffic from Russia and Ukraine is legitimate, then you might have to look at scaling up

Joe

if CloudFlare is preventing the site going down from the DDOS (which I assume is illegitimate traffic), I probably would rely on that to get you through rather than trying to boost server resources to compensate

Mat Gilbert

before we try to do some more agressive caching in SS

Mat Gilbert

so I'm trying to determine if bumping system resources is even a worthwhile thing to do, and where the cost/benefit is

Mat Gilbert

we turned that off for a few minutes.... site immediately got overwhelmed again