In our second blog post in the series about differences between Varnish Enterprise and Varnish Cache (read part 1, Project or Product) , we’re going to focus on support and other professional services. Support encompasses all the guidance and help Varnish Software provides before, during and after Varnish is installed. It’s a crucial reason for Varnish Enterprise’s existence - many organizations require it.
This is the first in a short series of blog posts designed to help you understand the differences between Varnish Enterprise and Varnish Cache (check out post 2 on support services and post 3 on performance and security). It’s all about finding the right tool for the job; Varnish Enterprise and Varnish Cache are not in competition with each other. Whatever your content delivery goals, one of these Varnish solutions will be more suited to the task.
To begin, we’re talking about the differences between projects and products.
OSCON was a blast! I can't compare it to other conventions since it's my first, but the organization was a very well-oiled machine and it really allowed everyone - exhibitors and visitors alike - to really focus on the heart of this event: Open Source. Being invited by GitHub (thanks Jono, Brian and the whole team), we were located in a pretty central booth at the Open Source Alley, where we had to handle a lot of traffic (but that's cool, we're Varnish, we know how to handle that).
Heading into this summer, based only on the things we know will happen, we are likely to see the most web-traffic-intensive summer and fall ever with one major sports or political event happening after the other: European Championship Football is taking place in France in June and July, the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro take place in August, and also during the summer, the US political party conventions, which officially name each party’s nominee, take place - to be followed later in the year by the US presidential election itself - probably one of the more dramatic ones in recent history.