Origin shield technology isn’t new, and many companies already rely on origin shielding to protect their CDNs from overload.
The Fastly CDN outage on June 8th, which took down a major part of the internet, including popular websites and services, such as Reddit, Spotify, Twitch, Stack Overflow, GitHub, gov.uk, Hulu, HBO Max, Quora, PayPal, Vimeo, Shopify, Stripe, and news outlets CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC and Financial Times, taught everyone four important things:
A new version of Varnish Enterprise, release 6.0.8r2, is available now! It adds new Varnish modules (VMODs), features, optimizations, fixes, and more. For the full changelog and release notes, visit the documentation here.
This release is a big one, and focuses on extending Varnish Enterprise with additional building blocks that make it easier to build complex edge logic on top of the Varnish platform. But there are some other useful new features thrown in there too.
As a society we’ve come to depend so much on cloud computing that we think of it as a “set and forget” resource (if we think of it at all). We are reassured by its ubiquity and the ease with which we can easily spin up new cloud instances to meet our immediate capacity or performance needs. The cloud has essentially created a false sense of security, as many businesses have learned during the Covid crisis. As they went to expand their capacity in the face of unseen demand, they found that the cloud is also finite. When things settled down after the initial rush as Covid lockdowns took effect, cloud providers returned to normal. But the new extremes of use showed how taking the cloud for granted isn’t difficult. If you’re not the one taking care of hardware or infrastructure yourself, it’s invisible.