VARNISH – A high performance HTTP accelerator

INTRODUCTION

Varnish is a high-performance HTTP accelerator. Acting as a reverse HTTP proxy, it appears as an ordinary server to its clients. It excels at storing static files in memory to decrease the server response time and hence improves page load times for a website’s users. So, it is mostly used as an HTTP/web accelerator. In the real world, it typically boosts the content delivery by 300-1000 times. However, that is not it. Let’s look at some of its key features.

FEATURES

Varnish is packed with several useful features:

  • It is open-source
  • It can be configured using the flexible Varnish Configuration Language (VCL)
  • It can act as a Single Sign-On gateway
  • It can defend servers from low-intensity DDoS attacks
  • It can act as an L7 HTTP Router as well as a web application firewall (WAF)

With these features, the list of benefits it offers is impressive in comparison to its competitors like MongoDB, Redis, and so on.

BENEFITS

Varnish offers the following benefits:

  • Varnish is written in C and delivers high-performance while being bound only by network speed.
  • Open to customizations. Varnish being open-source, it opens the doors for all sorts of customizations that you can do to implement Varnish your way. Varnish open-source code can be tweaked to suit your requirements and make it even more powerful.
  • Instant purging that helps instantly remove cached dynamic content.
  • Proper documentation that makes it easy to get started.
  • Reverse proxying that caches relevant static content and lets dynamic content pass through without any noticeable performance impact.
  • Varnish comes with several useful tools that make your job easier by helping you get the details that you are looking for quickly. For example, if you want to look at statistics, logs, access logs, hit vs. miss histogram, or if you want to debug, Varnish has all the tools inbuilt.
  • Real-time data monitoring of content empowers you to observe and analyze the data using open source dashboards. Varnish being popular, most monitoring tools provide support for monitoring Varnish.

WHAT NEXT?

If you are not already impressed with Varnish, you need to give it a try and see the magic yourself. Every existing Varnish user can vouch for Varnish, and that is why having Varnish in your architecture gives your implementation an extra edge.

So what are you waiting for? Get access to our Varnish-appliance-ready cloud server by sending us an email at sales@e2enetworks.com or calling us at +91-11-30018095. If you are an existing customer, you can contact your Account Manager for details.

Happy flying with Varnish!