Introducing Varnish Plus

This month we’re launching Varnish Plus. The rationale behind Varnish Plus is to combine all our services and products in one offering, market it under one name. So, when you become our customer, you get access to everything you need in one place.

What does Varnish Plus consist of?

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1/16/14 9:30 AM
by Per Buer

Varnish’s role in the tech platform redesign

The recently did a redesign of their website. Or rather, they did a complete reinvention of the website’s entire digital platform. In a blog post on their Open blog, they introduce the technology they used in the redesign. The objective with the redesign was to have a faster running code base and to make future changes easier.

The NYTimes’ new technology platform needed, among other things, a strong reverse proxy to serve their dynamic articles and to protect their PHP framework. After successfully launching Varnish on the NYTimes mobile in May the team decided to also use Varnish in this redesign project. “The successful launch of Varnish on the NYTimes mobile site last May gave us confidence that Varnish was the best technology to use for the new platform. Varnish is highly configurable and provides lightning fast response times when serving content from the cache. It also enables us to cache our articles so those that change more frequently will stay in the cache for a shorter time,” said Reed Emmons, the development lead on the redesign project.

Varnish on NYTimes mobile

For those interested in how Varnish was implemented on NYTimes mobile, this is what Ian Gardner, NYTimes Development Manager for Emerging Technologies had to say about that on the Source last May:
We have Varnish in front of everything. The main philosophy of the new mobile web was to be as fast as possible and this means caching as much as we possibly can. Node.js can be very fast but with some of our complex business logic, it will never be as fast as Varnish serving cached pages. Varnish caches the full html pages generated by the Node.js app and we use Ajax to add any user-specific details to the page. This allows us to not only drastically reduce the load on our Node.js servers but also allows us to set cache headers so proxies can cache the pages and reduce the distance a user’s request has to travel.

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1/13/14 11:19 AM
by Hildur Smaradottir

Varnish Software wins Red Herring 100 Global Award

The Red Herring editorial team selected the companies demonstrating the most innovative technologies and business models originating from over 1000 companies from over 40 nations. These companies, representing past Red Herring Asia, Europe and North America award winners, are judged on a range of qualitative and quantitative metrics, including, technology innovation, financial performance, growth criterion, management's execution standards, potential globalization of the strategy and market share improvement. In April 2013, Varnish Software won the Red Herring 100 Europe award.

“We are very honored to be chosen for this award that recognizes the top tech companies in the world,” said Lars Larsson, CEO of Varnish Software. “As the Internet continues to grow a world-class online presence is becoming an increasingly important success factor for all kinds of businesses. Varnish delivers the critical differentiating elements of reliability, speed, scalability and web performance. This award is a testament that Varnish Software is delivering unique added value for companies that rely on their online presences for revenue and success.”

“Choosing the companies with the strongest potential was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “After rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across the globe to the Top 100 Winners. We believe Varnish Software embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. Varnish Software should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was the strongest it has ever been.”

Varnish is in good company as a Red Herring winner

The Red Herring 100 Global 2013 winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles, November 20th 2013. Red Herring’s Top 100 Global list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype,, YouTube, and eBay would change the way we live and work.

Congratulations Varnish team!

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11/21/13 11:19 AM
by Hildur Smaradottir

Varnish receives the Global Hot 100 Award

Varnish Software was honored to receive the Global Hot 100 Award at The World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (THEWSIE) in New York last October 2013.

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10/14/13 11:19 AM
by Hildur Smaradottir

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