Web Caching-Related Books

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Web Caching

Duane Wessels

O’Reilly and Associates, ISBN: 156592536X

On the World Wide Web, speed and efficiency are
vital. Users have little patience for slow web pages,
while network administrators want to make the most
of their available bandwidth. A properly designed
web cache reduces network traffic and improves access
times to popular web sites–a boon to network
administrators and web users alike.

Web Caching hands you all the technical information
you need to design, deploy, and operate an effective
web caching service. It starts with the basics of
how web caching works, from the HTTP headers that
govern cachability to cache validation and replacement

Topics covered in this book include:

  • Designing an effective cache solution
  • Configuring web browsers to use a cache
  • Setting up a collection of caches that can talk to each other
  • Configuring an interception cache or proxy
  • Monitoring and fine-tuning the performance of a cache
  • Configuring web servers to cooperate with web caches
  • Benchmarking cache products

The book also covers the important political aspects
of web caching, including privacy, intellectual
property, and security issues.

Internet service providers, large corporations, or
educational institutions–in short, any network that
provides connectivity to a wide variety of users–can
reap enormous benefit from running a well-tuned web
caching service. Web Caching shows you how to do it

Web Caching and Replication

Michael Rabinovich and Oliver Spatschak

Addison Wesley Professional; ISBN: 0201615703

In Web Caching and Replication, two AT&T; Labs experts bring together
real-world implementations, the latest IETF and W3C technical
standards, and the field’s most advanced research, offering systematic
guidance for maximizing Web scalability and performance. The authors
first introduce key concepts of Web caching and replication.They
introduce HTTP’s support for caching and replication, and broadly
characterize Web behavior, offering practical rules of thumb for
optimizing performance. Next, they focus on caching, helping
implementers realistically assess proxy caching, deploy proxies in
corporate and ISP networks; and utilize cooperative proxy caching.
They offer in-depth insights into cache consistency, and caching
the “uncacheable” — including “cookied” and dynamic content. Part
III introduces today’s best techniques for web replication, offering
in-depth coverage of content delivery networks, server selection,
content placement, and more. For all networking professionals, IT
professionals, and engineers involved with building or optimizing
Internet services or equipment; for content delivery specialists
and service providers; and for owners of large sites concerned
about scalability and performance.

Web Protocols and Practice

Balachander Krishnamurthy and Jennifer Rexford

Addison-Wesley, ISBN: 0201710889

Just as TCP/IP is a central protocol for the Internet, HTTP
is a central protocol for the web. They are both critical
for web networking. Web Protocols and Practice is the most
authoritative and comprehensive guide to the Web’s technical
underpinnings. Authored by AT&T Labs researcher Bala
Krishnamurthy and renowned Web networking expert Jennifer
Rexford, this book offers exceptionally thorough coverage
of core Web protocols-including the most detailed discussion
of HTTP /1.1 and its relationship to TCP/IP networking ever

The authors begin with a broad overview of the evolution
of the Web, including its naming infrastructure, HTML
document language, and HTTP message exchange protocol.
Next, they introduce the inner workings of clients, proxies,
and servers, as well as scripts, handlers, search engines,
cookies, and authentication. The heart of the book is a
detailed discussion of the core Web protocols DNS, TCP/IP,
and HTTP. Readers will also find important coverage of
traffic measurement, as well as web caching and multimedia
streaming-the hottest emerging areas in web networking.
The authors conclude by presenting the latest research
previewing major technology enhancements likely to be
incorporated into the Web in the coming years.

An essential resource for all networking and Internet
professionals, and for all developers building Internet

Web Proxy Servers

Ari Luotonen

Prentice Hall Computer Books, ISBN: 0136806120

Proxy servers are specialized Web servers that operate
behind firewalls to improve network efficiency and security.
They are critical to the success of virtually every large
Web and intranet site — but until this book, optimizing
them was a “black” art. Now, one of the world’s leading
proxy server experts explains the technology in depth —
and shows exactly how to make the most of proxy servers in
any environment.

Understand the basic architecture of proxy servers, and
the differences between firewall proxy servers, departmental,
personal and specialized proxies. Review critical, proxy-server
related protocols, including HTTP, cookies, the Internet
cache protocol, and LDAP. Understand proxy server caching
in depth — including the special issues that arise in
Web-based advertising. Review performance issues, especially
sizing and load balancing; and take a close look at proxy
server security. Finally, review the different configuration
issues at work in extranets, virtual private networks, and
“DNS-deprived” environments.

For all Web administrators and network managers at
medium-to-large sites who want to improve bandwidth and

Squid: The Definitive Guide

Duane Wessels

O’Reilly and Associates, ISBN: 0596001622

To be published January 2004.

Server Load Balancing

Tony Bourke

O’Reilly and Associates, ISBN: 0596000502

Load balancing distributes traffic efficiently among network servers
so that no individual server is overburdened. This vendor-neutral
guide to the concepts and terminology of load balancing offers
practical guidance to planning and implementing the technology in
most environments. It includes a configuration guide with diagrams
and sample configurations for installing, configuring, and maintaining
products from the four major server load balancing vendors.

Load Balancing Servers, Firewalls, and Caches

Chandra Kopparapu

John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 0471415502

From an industry insider, a close look at high-performance, end-to-end
switching solutions. Load balancers are fast becoming an indispensable
solution for handling the huge traffic demands of the Web. Their
ability to solve a multitude of network and server bottlenecks in
the Internet age ranges from dramatic improvements in server farm
scalability to removing the firewall as a network bottleneck. This
book provides a detailed, up-to-date, technical discussion of this
fast-growing, multibillion dollar market, covering the full spectrum
of topics — from server and firewall load balancing to transparent
cache switching to global server load balancing. In the process,
the author delivers insight into the way new technologies are
deployed in network infrastructure and how they work. Written by
an industry expert who hails from a leading Web switch vendor, this
book will help network and server administrators improve the
scalability, availability, manageability, and security of their
servers, firewalls, caches, and Web sites.

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