Plack - give it a go... and white paper
Having had Plack on my 'to looking to list' for a long time we've finally started using it at work. Yet again here is another of the 'modern perl' pieces of software that once you start using you'll wonder how you ever coped without it.
As first it doesn't seem like you have much that wasn't done in Apache (or what ever web server you are using). The moment you realise that you can put everything that was in Apache (rewrite rules, expiry headers, serving static content) into your app.psgi (web application configuration) file and that this will then run under any of the many supported web servers the light bulb goes on.
The simplicity of Plack's structure $ENV in, [ status, [ headers ], [ content ] ] out makes writing middleware easy and adapting your code to use this standard very clean (even if you don't use one of the many frameworks which already directly support Plack).
I've also added a white paper on Plack to Perl.org.