Byte.com: Proxy Internet Access With Squid Using Proxy ServersMar 06, 2000, 16:43 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim Orbaker)
"Many businesses have small bandwidth lines (56k or ISDN) that provide a shared channel to the Internet for users. A large number of users bottlenecking into a small pipeline can quickly saturate it. Caching Web pages at your site can improve access time for all users. Users asking for frequently accessed pages get them directly from your server, rather than the Internet. This will even accelerate access times for users asking for non-cached pages as there are fewer users actually getting information from the Internet."
"Controlling and logging how people in your organization or at home are using your network has become a necessity. The technology that lets us implement these controls is a proxy server. If we add the ability to cache Web pages, we have a caching proxy server, such as Squid. Squid is distributed with nearly every Linux distribution."