Apache Traffic Server

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  • Squid

    Squid Web Proxy Cache

    > Is there some document somewhere that goes over the choices, overlaps, etc?

    I believe Apache Traffic Server doesn't really compete with the likes of nginx or traefik. Apache Traffic Server is a HTTP caching server/web accelerator, thus it's specialized for caching HTTP requests and consequently it's simpler to deploy and configure. With that in mind, it competes with the likes of Squid[1] or Varnish[2].

    [1] http://www.squid-cache.org/

    [2] https://varnish-cache.org/

  • Varnish

    The project homepage

    > Is there some document somewhere that goes over the choices, overlaps, etc?

    I believe Apache Traffic Server doesn't really compete with the likes of nginx or traefik. Apache Traffic Server is a HTTP caching server/web accelerator, thus it's specialized for caching HTTP requests and consequently it's simpler to deploy and configure. With that in mind, it competes with the likes of Squid[1] or Varnish[2].

    [1] http://www.squid-cache.org/

    [2] https://varnish-cache.org/

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  • trafficserver

    Apache Traffic Server™ is a fast, scalable and extensible HTTP/1.1 and HTTP/2 compliant caching proxy server.

    Although haproxy and nginx cover (for me) almost all use-cases I had to deal with (with OpenResty [1] as a backup), I see one place where ATS could shine: plugins. From examples [2], C API looks sane and well documented, and this is very important if you want to add some custom stuff inside your proxy server without losing your hair. And no, lua isn't the solution here ;)

    Those who had to deal with nginx plugins, I feel your pain...

    [1] https://openresty.org/en/

    [2] https://github.com/apache/trafficserver/tree/master/example/...

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