I've been making some pretty (but computationally expensive) tiles with TileMill and I'd like to serve them up.
First, I served them straight from TileMill. Every tile gets rendered dynamically, which is simple, but slow.
Next, I exported a region as MBTiles then served it with MBTiles-server. Every tile is served statically, which is fast, but exporting all the tiles is too slow (multiple days).
I'm looking at TileStache, which combines dynamic rendering with caching. I imagine that this means the first time a region is looked at, it will be extremely slow, then quick thereafter.
I have plenty of spare CPU time (8 cores, not being used for anything else) and plenty of disk space (terabytes). I'd really like a server that can:
a) serve cached tiles if available b) dynamically render tiles if necessary c) continuously render tiles in the background to maximise the cache hit rate
Is mod_tile the only option? I'd prefer to avoid Apache, and mod_tile's documentation looks messy.
For context, I want to serve tiles for the whole of Australia, down to zoom 15.