"The volume on the Web is forecasted to more than triple over
the next three years and the category expecting the fastest growth
is data. Data and content will remain the largest percentage of Web
traffic and the majority of this information is dynamic so it does
not lend itself to conventional caching technologies. Issues range
from business to consumer response and order confirmation times, to
the time required to deliver business information to a road warrior
using a wireless device, to the download time for rich media such
as music or video. Not surprisingly, the number one complaint among
Web users is lack of speed. That's where compression can help, by
"The idea is to compress data being sent out from your Web
server, and have the browser decompress this data on the fly, thus
reducing the amount of data sent and increasing the page display
speed. There are two ways to compress data coming from a Web
server, dynamically, and pre-compressed. Dynamic Content
Acceleration compresses the data transmission data on the fly
(useful for e-commerce apps, database-driven sites, etc.).
Pre-compressed text based data is generated beforehand and stored
on the server (.html.gz files etc)."
"The goal is to send less data. To do this the data must be
analyzed and compressed in real time and be decompressed with no
user interaction at the other end. Since smaller amounts of data
(less packets) are being sent, they consume less bandwidth and
arrive significantly faster. The network acceleration solutions
need to be focused on the formats utilized for data and content
including HTML, XML, SQL, Java, WML and all other text based
languages. Both types of compression utilize HTTP compression and
compress HTML files fully three times smaller."
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