Varnish vs. Squid

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What is Varnish?

Varnish Cache is a web application accelerator also known as a caching HTTP reverse proxy. You install it in front of any server that speaks HTTP and configure it to cache the contents. Varnish Cache is really, really fast. It typically speeds up delivery with a factor of 300 - 1000x, depending on your architecture.

What is Squid?

Squid reduces bandwidth and improves response times by caching and reusing frequently-requested web pages. Squid has extensive access controls and makes a great server accelerator. It runs on most available operating systems, including Windows and is licensed under the GNU GPL.

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What are some alternatives to Varnish and Squid?

  • - Front end development toolset featuring WAF, Varnish Cache, Metrics, SSL, ELK Logs, search and diagnostic tools
  • Nuster - A high performance HTTP proxy cache server and RESTful NoSQL cache server based on HAProxy.

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