As the primary sponsors and developers behind the open-source Varnish Cache project, and providers of the commercial Varnish Enterprise software, we are often asked:
We get a lot of questions about TLS and Varnish, and we’ve long been touting our TLS proxy, Hitch, as the best way to terminate TLS in front of Varnish. Hitch is a lightweight, high-performance TLS proxy that is entirely dedicated to TLS termination. This makes Hitch a tiny and performant tool that can be used anywhere, including in front of Varnish. One of its main features is the PROXY protocol, which is capable of capturing and transporting information about the original connection, regardless of the number of proxies it passes through.
In our final blog in the series about differences between Varnish Enterprise and Varnish Cache, let’s highlight two major aspects of Varnish Enterprise that will be vital for many use cases. (For more, see Post 1: Project or Product and Post 2: Support Services)
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.