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Web Caching

1. What is caching?


Contents:
1.1. Definitions
1.2. Why Bother?
1.3. What's out there to do the job?

1.1. Definitions

Caching - keeping a local copy of remote objects.

Proxying - Fetching a remote object on behalf of a client.

1.2. Why Bother?

Three main reasons:

1.3. What's out there to do the job?

Squid

Free, fast, highly configurable.

Microsoft Proxy

Not free, not real fast, has support for PICS filtering built in. Runs on NT.

Netscape Proxy

Not free, easy to install/configure, not so fast.

Apache

Free, not so fast, configuration is familiar to previous apache users.

A cast of thousands

Most firewall packages have a web proxying piece

Cisco WCCP

Expensive hardware solution, proprietary protocol.


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