Varnish is first and foremost known as an HTTP web accelerator, or an HTTP cache. One question we often get is: “Why should I use Varnish for live video streaming when there are other alternatives out there? What’s the value of Varnish?”
For a long time Varnish developers wanted a monitoring tool with a feature set similar to Apache’s mod_status, which lets you monitor the status of threads. Varnish is already well-served by several other, similar utilities: varnishstat, which shows internal counters, and varnishlog, which stores session information related to serving a request.
Now that the dust has settled on this year’s IBC show, we at Varnish wanted to highlight some key trends that we saw and heard being discussed at the conference and on the show floor for those of you who may not have been able to make the trek to Amsterdam. This year, it was just as interesting to see what didn’t end up making a prominent appearance at the event as what did. Here are our five key observations: