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Alternatives to Varnish

NGINX, Redis, HAProxy, Apache Traffic Server, and Squid are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Varnish.
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What is Varnish and what are its top alternatives?

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 899 GitHub stars and 201 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Varnish's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Varnish

  • NGINX
    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

    Redis is an open source (BSD licensed), in-memory data structure store, used as a database, cache, and message broker. Redis provides data structures such as strings, hashes, lists, sets, sorted sets with range queries, bitmaps, hyperloglogs, geospatial indexes, and streams. ...

  • HAProxy
    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
    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

    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. ...

  • Section
    Section

    Edge Compute Platform gives Dev and Ops engineers the access and control they need to run compute workloads on a distributed edge. ...

  • Nuster
    Nuster

    nuster is a high performance HTTP proxy cache server and RESTful NoSQL cache server based on HAProxy. ...

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NGINX

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A high performance free open source web server powering busiest sites on the Internet.
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    High-performance http server
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    Performance
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    Easy to configure
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    Open source
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    Load balancer
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    Free
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    Scalability
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    Web server
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    Simplicity
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    Easy setup
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    Content caching
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    Web Accelerator
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    Capability
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    Fast
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    Predictability
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    High-latency
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    Reverse Proxy
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    Supports http/2
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    The best of them
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    Great Community
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    Lots of Modules
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    Enterprise version
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    High perfomance proxy server
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    Embedded Lua scripting
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    Reversy Proxy
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    Streaming media delivery
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    Streaming media
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    Fast and easy to set up
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    Slim
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    Blash
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    Lightweight
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    saltstack
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    Virtual hosting
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    Along with Redis Cache its the Most superior
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    Ingress controller
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    Narrow focus. Easy to configure. Fast
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    GRPC-Web
CONS OF NGINX
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    Advanced features require subscription

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Recently I have been working on an open source stack to help people consolidate their personal health data in a single database so that AI and analytics apps can be run against it to find personalized treatments. We chose to go with a #containerized approach leveraging Docker #containers with a local development environment setup with Docker Compose and nginx for container routing. For the production environment we chose to pull code from GitHub and build/push images using Jenkins and using Kubernetes to deploy to Amazon EC2.

We also implemented a dashboard app to handle user authentication/authorization, as well as a custom SSO server that runs on Heroku which allows experts to easily visit more than one instance without having to login repeatedly. The #Backend was implemented using my favorite #Stack which consists of FeathersJS on top of Node.js and ExpressJS with PostgreSQL as the main database. The #Frontend was implemented using React, Redux.js, Semantic UI React and the FeathersJS client. Though testing was light on this project, we chose to use AVA as well as ESLint to keep the codebase clean and consistent.

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We switched to Traefik so we can use the REST API to dynamically configure subdomains and have the ability to redirect between multiple servers.

We still use nginx with a docker-compose to expose the traffic from our APIs and TCP microservices, but for managing routing to the internet Traefik does a much better job

The biggest win for naologic was the ability to set dynamic configurations without having to restart the server

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Redis

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Open source (BSD licensed), in-memory data structure store
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PROS OF REDIS
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    Performance
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    Super fast
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    Ease of use
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    In-memory cache
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    Advanced key-value cache
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    Open source
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    Easy to deploy
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    Stable
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    Free
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    Fast
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    High-Performance
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    High Availability
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    Data Structures
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    Very Scalable
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    Replication
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    Pub/Sub
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    Great community
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    "NoSQL" key-value data store
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    Hashes
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    Sets
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    Sorted Sets
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    Lists
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    BSD licensed
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    NoSQL
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    Integrates super easy with Sidekiq for Rails background
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    Async replication
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    Bitmaps
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    Keys with a limited time-to-live
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    Open Source
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    Strings
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    Lua scripting
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    Hyperloglogs
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    Awesomeness for Free!
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    Transactions
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    Runs server side LUA
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    outstanding performance
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    Networked
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    LRU eviction of keys
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    Written in ANSI C
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    Feature Rich
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    Performance & ease of use
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    Data structure server
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    Simple
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    Channels concept
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    Scalable
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    Temporarily kept on disk
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    Dont save data if no subscribers are found
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    Automatic failover
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    Easy to use
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    Existing Laravel Integration
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    Object [key/value] size each 500 MB
CONS OF REDIS
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    Cannot query objects directly
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    No secondary indexes for non-numeric data types
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    No WAL

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Robert Zuber

We use MongoDB as our primary #datastore. Mongo's approach to replica sets enables some fantastic patterns for operations like maintenance, backups, and #ETL.

As we pull #microservices from our #monolith, we are taking the opportunity to build them with their own datastores using PostgreSQL. We also use Redis to cache data we’d never store permanently, and to rate-limit our requests to partners’ APIs (like GitHub).

When we’re dealing with large blobs of immutable data (logs, artifacts, and test results), we store them in Amazon S3. We handle any side-effects of S3’s eventual consistency model within our own code. This ensures that we deal with user requests correctly while writes are in process.

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I'm working as one of the engineering leads in RunaHR. As our platform is a Saas, we thought It'd be good to have an API (We chose Ruby and Rails for this) and a SPA (built with React and Redux ) connected. We started the SPA with Create React App since It's pretty easy to start.

We use Jest as the testing framework and react-testing-library to test React components. In Rails we make tests using RSpec.

Our main database is PostgreSQL, but we also use MongoDB to store some type of data. We started to use Redis  for cache and other time sensitive operations.

We have a couple of extra projects: One is an Employee app built with React Native and the other is an internal back office dashboard built with Next.js for the client and Python in the backend side.

Since we have different frontend apps we have found useful to have Bit to document visual components and utils in JavaScript.

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HAProxy

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The Reliable, High Performance TCP/HTTP Load Balancer
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PROS OF HAPROXY
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    Load balancer
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    High performance
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    Very fast
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    Proxying for tcp and http
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    SSL termination
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    Open source
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    Reliable
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    Free
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    Well-Documented
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    Very popular
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    Runs health checks on backends
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    Suited for very high traffic web sites
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    Scalable
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    Ready to Docker
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    Powers many world's most visited sites
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    Work with NTLM
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    Ssl offloading
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    Simple
CONS OF HAPROXY
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    Becomes your single point of failure

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Around the time of their Series A, Pinterest’s 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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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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Apache Traffic Server

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RFC compliant, high performance HTTP proxy cache
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PROS OF APACHE TRAFFIC SERVER
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      Squid

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      A caching proxy for the Web supporting HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more
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      PROS OF SQUID
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        Easy to config
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        Web application accelerator
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        Cluster
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        Very Fast
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        ICP
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        High-performance
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        Very Stable
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        Open Source
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        Widely Used
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        Great community
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        ESI
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        Qq
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        Section

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        PROS OF SECTION
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          Realtime stats
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          Makes the hard parts of varnish easy
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          No more hair pulling configuring caching
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          Git support
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          Easy setup
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          Qa testing
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          Test Varnish Settings in Dev & Prod
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          Kibana logs
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          Graphite out of the box
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          Professional, rock solid platform, easy to user
        CONS OF SECTION
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          Nuster

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          A high performance HTTP proxy cache server and RESTful NoSQL cache server based on HAProxy.
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          PROS OF NUSTER
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            Easy to configure
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            High-performance
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            Web cache
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            Web application accelerator
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            Very Fast
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            Open Source
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            Load balancer
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            Proxying for tcp and http
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            SSL termination
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            Free
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            HTTP reverse proxy
          CONS OF NUSTER
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