February 20, 2024
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How The Hindu Newspaper Revolutionized Their Online News Delivery with Varnish Enterprise


Digital agility defines success. The Hindu, a highly popular English-language daily newspaper in India, provides a shining example of technological adaptation and advancement. This post delves into how The Hindu supercharged its content delivery using Varnish Enterprise.


Background: The Digital Challenge

As one of India's leading newspapers, The Hindu faced challenges in managing high-volume web traffic and delivering content efficiently to its readers. Traditional caching methods were no longer sufficient, leading them to seek a more robust solution. The Hindu's journey with Varnish began early, initially adopting the community version of Varnish Cache. However, they soon recognized the limitations in cache invalidation strategies with this setup. The switch to Varnish Enterprise marked a significant turning point, addressing key challenges in cache purging and bringing in advanced features essential for their operations.


Solving Caching Complexities with Varnish Enterprise

The Hindu's primary challenge was managing cache invalidation efficiently. Varnish Enterprise, with its Ykey cache invalidation/purging VMOD and Varnish Controller for managing VCL (Varnish Configuration Language), offered a solution. These tools enabled The Hindu to automate cache invalidation processes, a critical aspect for a news media company where content freshness is paramount.


Results: Efficiency and Automation

Implementing Varnish Enterprise resulted in remarkable improvements:

  • Significant time and cost savings. Automated high-frequency cache invalidation relieved the engineering team from manual tasks
  • Enhanced efficiency. Varnish Controller made it much easier and faster to manage changes across production and non-production environments.
  • Easier management. The automated process significantly reduced the time required for VCL adjustments and cache management.


A Model for Future-Ready Content Delivery

The Hindu's experience with Varnish Enterprise sets a benchmark for media companies worldwide. It highlights the importance of embracing advanced caching solutions to stay relevant in the digital era. For technology leaders, DevOps teams, and site reliability engineers, The Hindu's success story serves as a testament to the impact of Varnish Enterprise in managing web content delivery efficiently and effectively.

See the full case study here.

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