Edit: Question Clarification: Amongst other things, what do people believe to be the ideal PHP 'Handler' for EE?
We've decided to take the plunge and get another VPS for some of our production sites. Our current server is running suPHP so we can't install APC (according to the host).
So my question is, for performance, how should we ask them to set up our server?
We will keep our old server for development, so we don't want it to be massively different, and they are suggesting FastCGI so that they can install APC, but is FastCGI good/bad/bad for EE?
We also will be running a couple of Laravel3 and 4 on the new server, so if there are any additional recommendations, please tell me.
I wish I wasn't such a sysadmin noob, but after Tim Mahoney's talk at EEUK, we want to make sure we get the server set up right from its beginnings.