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InternetWeek: Caching Appliances -- Good For More Than High End

Dec 14, 1999, 17:26 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Oliver Rist)

"We looked at two products in this review: Cobalt's CacheRaQ 2 and a relative newcomer from an unlikely partnership between Quantex and Novell, called the WebXL. Both boxes are small, rack-mounted appliances aimed at either accelerating client access to the Web or accelerating server response times to Web-based requests."

"We tested each box by placing it between a 10-node test network comprised of mostly Linux or Windows NT Workstation clients on one side and a Compaq ProLiant 1850R Windows NT Server running IIS 3.0 on the other. Clients established between 10 and 30 server script sessions, which we had them run in a loop for 20 minutes at a time. Performance numbers between the two products were similar, though both beat the noncached run by well over 35 percent."

"The CacheRaQ 2 is a relatively inexpensive rack-mount product. Though it carries a good selection of features aimed at ISPs and busy e-commerce centers, the CacheRaQ 2 doesn't seem to be targeted at the high end, mainly because its built-in WAN interfaces only scale up to T1 performance speeds."

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