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Network Computing: Speedy Performance, Rock-Bottom Price Put Squid Freeware on Top

May 29, 1999, 15:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gregory Yerxa)

"Large amounts of Web traffic can sap the life out of your network. One solution that's quickly gaining popularity is to implement a Web-caching appliance."

"Working at our University of Wisconsin Real-World Labs®, we tested a quartet of Web-caching servers: Cobalt Networks' CacheRaQ 2, InfoLibria's DynaCache, NLANR's Squid 2.0 and Novell's Internet Caching System (ICS). Our tests focused on installation, configuration and maintenance issues. We also considered support for the Internet Cache Protocol in terms of expansion capabilities."

"... we ... found that they performed solidly across the board. In addition, they are diverse enough in terms of price and performance to merit a place in almost any network."

"Of the four products we tested, each excelled in different capacities. Our first-place finisher and Editor's Choice recipient is Squid, thanks to its surprisingly flexible configuration and great performance."

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