I have a land cover raster that I'd like to display as part of an Openlayers based application. I'm able to load the raster directly as a PNG but my Openlayers application becomes VERY slow. I think I want something that can tile the raster and send level of detail tiles that Openlayers can fetch, but I'm not sure since I'm a GIS newbie.
Is this something that GeoServer can handle automatically? I'd love to be able to laod rasters and shapefiles onto the server then link to those layers in Openlayers. Is this the correct approach?
Edit: I ended up using GeoServer and adding the rasters as data sources. I was able to copy and paste a lot of code from the "Layer Preview" section of GeoServer to dump into my OpenLayers application. Thanks for the help.