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Varnish Alternatives

Varnish is described as 'Cache is an open source, state of the art HTTP application accelerator' and is an app in the development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Varnish for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, BSD and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is nginx, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Varnish are Squid, TinyProxy, Apache Traffic Server and memcached.

Varnish alternatives are mainly CDNs but may also be Web Servers or Reverse Proxy Servers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Varnish.
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  • FreeOpen Source
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Varnish Cache is an open source, state of the art HTTP application accelerator.

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  1. nginx [engine x] is a HTTP and reverse proxy server, as well as a mail proxy server written by Igor Sysoev. It has been running for more than five years on many heavily loaded Russian sites including Rambler (RamblerMedia.com).

    ⚫︎ Lightweightnginx consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Portablenginx can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Squid

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    • Solaris
    • FreeBSD
    • OpenSolaris
    • NetBSD
    • OpenBSD

    Squid is a caching proxy for the Web supporting HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more. It reduces bandwidth and improves response times by caching and reusing frequently-requested web pages. Squid has extensive access controls and makes a great server accelerator.

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    TinyProxy

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Tinyproxy is a light-weight HTTP/HTTPS proxy daemon for POSIX operating systems. It is free software, and supports transparent and reverse proxying.

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    Apache Traffic Server

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • FreeBSD

    Formerly a commercial product, Yahoo! donated it to the Apache Foundation, and it is now an Apache TLP.

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    memcached

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    Free & open source, high-performance, distributed memory object caching system, generic in nature, but intended for use in speeding up dynamic web applications by alleviating database load.

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    Apache Ignite

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Java

    Apache Ignite In-Memory Data Fabric is a high-performance, integrated and distributed in-memory platform for computing and transacting on large-scale data sets in real-time, orders of magnitude faster than possible with traditional disk-based or flash technologies.

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    Ignite is a distributed object cache (like Gemfire, Coherence, or Hazelcast). It's not an HTTP proxy or caching proxy.

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    cachelot

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    Cachelot works within a fixed amount of memory. No garbage collector. Small metadata, near perfect memory utilization (overhead is 5-7% of the total memory).

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    WinGate

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    WinGate Proxy Server is a highly capable integrated Proxy server, firewall and email server designed for access control, security and communications needs. What you do get is all the features of Standard license for 3 concurrent users.

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  9. Lusca

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Lusca is a fork of the Squid -2 development tree. The Lusca project aims to fix the shortcomings in the Squid-2 codebase whilst maintaining the the Squid-2 functionality and stability.

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    Discontinued

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  10. nuster

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD

    nuster is a high performance HTTP proxy cache server and RESTful NoSQL cache server based on HAProxy.

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