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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.
Varnish is a tool in the Web Cache category of a tech stack.
Varnish is an open source tool with 903 GitHub stars and 207 GitHub forks. Here鈥檚 a link to Varnish's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Varnish?

Companies
9196 companies reportedly use Varnish in their tech stacks, including Pinterest, Vox Media, and Twitch.

Developers
1432 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Varnish.

Varnish Integrations

Datadog, Netdata, Section, SignalFx, and Blackfire.io are some of the popular tools that integrate with Varnish. Here's a list of all 7 tools that integrate with Varnish.
Public Decisions about Varnish

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Varnish in their tech stack.

Tom Klein
Tom Klein

We're using Git through GitHub for public repositories and GitLab for our private repositories due to its easy to use features. Docker and Kubernetes are a must have for our highly scalable infrastructure complimented by HAProxy with Varnish in front of it. We are using a lot of npm and Visual Studio Code in our development sessions.

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Around the time of their Series A, Pinterest鈥檚 stack included Python and Django, with Tornado and Node.js as web servers. Memcached / Membase and Redis handled caching, with RabbitMQ handling queueing. Nginx, HAproxy and Varnish managed static-delivery and load-balancing, with persistent data storage handled by MySQL.

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Used as part of site hosting (Firebase HTTP Hosting manages implementation) Varnish

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Varnish sits as a secondary cache layer behind Akamai. Two servers operate in a Primary/Secondary configuration with failover managed by HAProxy. Requests peak at around 10k/s. Varnish

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Simone Marcato
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Partner & CTO at Hevelop | 1 upvotes 路 9.6K views
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Varnish is the http cache proxy we use to achieve maximum performance on high traffic e-commerce. Varnish

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Varnish Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Varnish?
nginx
nginx [engine x] is an HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server, written by Igor Sysoev. According to Netcraft nginx served or proxied 30.46% of the top million busiest sites in Jan 2018.
Redis
Redis is an open source, BSD licensed, advanced key-value store. It is often referred to as a data structure server since keys can contain strings, hashes, lists, sets and sorted sets.
HAProxy
HAProxy (High Availability Proxy) is a free, very fast and reliable solution offering high availability, load balancing, and proxying for TCP and HTTP-based applications.
Apache Traffic Server
It is a fast, scalable and extensible HTTP/1.1 and HTTP/2.0 compliant caching proxy server.Improve your response time, while reducing server load and bandwidth needs by caching and reusing frequently-requested web pages, images, and web ser
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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