products


Web Caching Products and Software

Apache
— the de-facto standard Web server —
has a caching proxy module.

ARA Network Technologies
is a Korean company that sells a caching product called
Jaguar2000.

aVirt
has a pair of software products that run on Windows 95, 98, and NT.
Spaghetti is designed for home, while GatewayServer is
for office networks. Both proxy many protocols in addition to HTTP.

CacheFlow became
BlueCoat in September 2002,
now placing more emphasis on security, and less on caching.

Cachier
makes a stand-alone hardware device that is easily installed in
front of web servers. It is designed to increase the speed of
dynamic content delivery.

Ceeyes
acquired the intellectual property of Lucent’s
caching-related products.

CERN
is the original Web server and proxy cache. It is not used much
these days, but included here for historical interest.

Chutney Technologies’
software-based solutions address performance and scaling issues
caused by the increasing use of personalized and
interactive features within E-business web sites.

CinTel
is a Koren company that sells a caching appliance
built around iMimic’s DataReactor software.

Cisco
has an appliance called the Cache Engine. The product, which is small and modular,
is designed for clustering with WCCP.

Cobalt Networks
sells a Squid appliance, which they
call CacheRaQ. Sun acquired Coblat in December 2000.

Compaq’s
caching product is the TaskSmart C-series server. They were
originally using Novell/Volera software, then switched to Inktomi.
Since Inktomi cut their caching products (July 2002), we don’t know
what Compaq is using.

Computer Software Manufaktur (CSM)
sells a proxy cache software product for Microsoft Windows and Linux.

ContentCache,
made by Avantis and powered by Microsoft Internet Security and
Acceleration (ISA) Server, is a smart web caching appliance that is
installed on a school network to speed up access to web content and
e-learning resources. ContentCache offers much more than a standard
caching device – enabling the selection, pre-caching and pre-loading of
web content as well as dynamic caching.

DeleGate
is a versatile caching proxy server that runs on Unix, Windows, and
OS/2 platforms. Delegate also supports proxying of numerous
non-Web protocols.

Dell’s
caching product is a
PowerApp appliance running the Novell/Volera software.

Entera
used to have a caching appliance. CacheFlow acquired Entera in December
of 2000.

Eolian
sold a Squid appliance, but
the company closed December 31, 2000.

F5
sells caching appliances that use the iMimic DataReactor
software.

IBM’s
caching product, a Netfinity server,
runs the Novell/Volera software
on IBM hardware.
IBM may also still sell
their Web
Traffic Express software.

iMimic
offers both hardware and software solutions of their DataReactor.
You can also buy iMimic software on appliances from one of their
partners.

InfoLibria apparently
ceased operations in Sept 2002.

LogiSense Corporation
offers a proprietary software product known as
CacheXpress
which also supports WCCP v1 and v2 and Layer 4 switching and other
methods of transparency. They have versions for Microsoft NT/2000
and Linux platforms.

Inktomi
used to sell a software product known as Traffic Server.
However, they announced (July 2002) that they are exiting
the caching business.

Lucent
has discontinued their Web caching appliance product line, and
licensed the technology to Ceeyes.

Microbits
is an Australian company that
sells products running the Novell/Volera software.

Microsoft has a
high-end product called ISA server. The older Microsoft Proxy
Server is a software product that runs on Windows NT.

MOWS
is an open source Web server and proxy cache that is written in Java.

Netscape Proxy Server
is probably the first commercial caching proxy product available. Some of the
developers of Netscape’s proxy also worked at CERN on the original HTTP server/proxy.

netSTOR
sells a caching appliance that smells like a
Squid.

Network Appliance
has been in the business longer than most, and has roots in the
Harvest project. They offer a number of appliance models. Their
software product is probably being phased out.

Oops!
is a proxy server; the main aims of its development being stable
operation, service speed, main protocols support, modularity, ease
at use.

Oracle9iAS Web Cache
combines caching, compression and assembly technologies to accelerate
the delivery of both static and dynamically generated Web content.
It also implements Edge Side Include
(ESI) protocol advanced by Oracle, Akamai, and others.

Peregrine
is software developed by the University of Wisconsin. Peregrine
became
Tasmania Network Systems, Inc.
for a while, which was then acquired by Cisco.

Roxen
is an open source Web server platform that includes
a proxy caching module. Roxen runs on both Microsoft Windows
and Unix.

Squid
is freely available, open source software that runs on most
Unix platforms. Squid is likely the most widely deployed caching solution
and full of many useful (and some not-so-useful) features.

Stratacache
sells a number of products running Novell/Volera ICS. Stratacache tends to focus on small business and home office users.

Swell Technologies
sells a number of Squid appliances.

Jigsaw
is the W3C’s Web server
with a caching proxy module
that implements the HTTP/1.1 protocol standard.
Jigsaw is written in Java, and runs on numerous
hardware platforms.

Vividon‘s
Streaming Delivery Systems are specifically designed to help service
providers and e-learning organizations — including corporate,
educational and government environments — meet the challenges of
economically delivering large volumes of streaming content.

Volera is the
Novell spin-off of the group responsible for their caching products.
What used to be known as Novell Internet Caching System (ICS) is
now called Excellerator. Volera OEMs their product through a number
of hardware manufacturers.

Wcol
is an open source prefetching and caching proxy server that runs on Unix platforms.

WBS (Web Business Software)
offers a server accelerator product called Jxel.


Layer-4 Switching Products

Alteon, now Nortel.

Arrowpoint Communications, now Cisco.

F5 Labs

Foundry Networks

Ipviot

Radware

Riverstone Networks

Netscaler’s
9000 Series systems include Layer 4-7 switching, optimization, and
security capabilities in one single, unified platform. The products
also incorporate dynamic in-memory caching.

See also
www.linuxvirtualserver.org
and Piranha Howto
for an open-source (Linux) L4 solution.

See also
Eddie:
a high availability WAN and LAN clustering tool for web servers
(including Apache). It provides load balancing at two levels (DNS
and LAN), failover redundancy, and admission control to maintain
quality of service levels. Apparently,
F5’s 3DNS product is based on this source.



$Date: 2004/07/23 19:46:04 $

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