Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is considered to be the fundamental protocol of the web. This simple request/response protocol is used for distributed, collaborative, hypermedia information systems. The web consumes a large portion of internet traffic.
The developers of the HTTP protocol realized at an early stage that there was going to be rapid growth in web traffic. This continues to be the case.
It is a demonstrable fact that the internet has changed individuals’ expectations of the speed of content delivery. The same individuals who used to be content to wait a couple of days for a letter to be received now expect emails to be delivered within a matter of seconds. The same applies to web browsing. A slow-loading website is a recipe for online disaster even if the site is informative, well structured and organized. When it comes to interactive web usage, what really matters is median latency.
Web caches have become a vital mechanism for optimizing the amount of data that is delivered in a given period of time. Good web caches also help to minimise latency, serving pages as quickly as possible. This helps to prevent the end user from becoming impatient having to wait for content to be delivered. Web caches optimize the data flow between client and server. They also help to conserve bandwidth by caching frequently-delivered content. If you need to reduce server load and improve delivery speed of your content, it’s definitely worth exploring the benefits offered by web cache software.
This type of software is primarily used by Internet Service Providers (ISPs), backbone providers, large intranets and enterprises. Web caches are very versatile, and are used in a number of different systems such as search engines, web proxies, and forward caches.
In this article, we feature the best open source software that caches web content, optimizing and cleaning the network traffic. Here’s our recommendations. They are all free and open source software.
To provide an insight into the open source software that is available, we have compiled a list of 6 of our favorite web cache software. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who needs to reduce bandwidth usage, improve latency, and minimise server load.
Let’s explore the 6 web caches at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.
|Varnish Cache||Web accelerator written with performance and flexibility in mind|
|nginx||Very powerful and efficient web server and reverse proxy|
|Traffic Server||High-performance building block for cloud services|
|Squid||High-performance proxy caching server and web cache daemon|
|nuster||High-performance HTTP proxy cache server|
|Apache||Hugely popular web server with caching modules|
Read our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. The collection covers all categories of software.
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