Varnish use for purely binary files
kb+varnish at slide.com
Tue Jan 19 00:59:19 CET 2010
> Let me clear, in case I have not been clear enough already:
> I am not talking about the edge cases of those low-concurrency, high-latency, scripted-language webservers that are becoming tied to web application frameworks like Rails and Django and that are the best fit for front-end caching because they are slow at serving dynamic content.
> But we are not discussing serving dynamic content in this thread anyway. We are talking about binary files, aren't we? Yes? Blobs on disk? Unless everyone is living on a different plane then me, then I think that's what we're talking about.
> For those you should be using a general purpose webserver. There's no reason you can't run both side by side. And I stand by my original statement about their performance relative to Varnish.
Definitely wasn't clear until now.
But now I'm not sure what we're discussing, since comparing the performance of a reverse-proxy cache to an origin server is rather pointless.
A cache hit under Varnish will be comparable in latency to a dedicated static server hit, regardless of the backend. The rate of misses will determine whether a dedicated static server would be required, and this is a growth path that many companies follow.
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