November 7, 2016
2 min read time

Varnish Professional Services - Is it time for a check-up?


Optimizing your Varnish

If you are using Varnish Plus, you probably already know that Varnish delivers what it claims it will deliver - speed, performance, scalability, high availability and all the other good stuff Varnish Plus is known for. But, because you’re probably not a Varnish expert yourself, you might not recognize when and if your Varnish instance goes out of sync or when there could be infrastructure optimizations and VCL implementations that could be better.

A health check is something we routinely do for ourselves, our cars, and all kinds of other essential appliances. We try to monitor and get ahead of potential problems systematically and regularly. Varnish Plus (and other critical applications) is no different in that it performs best when it has been inspected, checked and its setup improved for optimal health.

Is my Varnish Plus healthy… or is it time for a fresh coat of paint?

Now that the idea of Varnish health is in your head, consider for a moment the cost-benefit analysis of getting a 360-view into your Varnish Plus instance and its performance by asking yourself a few questions:

  • Is my Varnish Plus configured properly (and if not, what will that mean for performance, availability, scalability, user experience)?
  • Is my Varnish Plus instance playing nicely with other parts of the infrastructure (and if not, what will that mean for performance and cost, etc.)?
  • What could it mean to performance and cost if anything in my Varnish Plus instance could be simplified or optimized for improvements and gains?
  • Can I avoid costly, time-consuming future situations or conflicts with a health check/early detection of problems, and what is the potential savings there (monetarily/downtime, in user and employee frustration, etc.)? Are bigger problems coming (e.g., I’m still using Varnish 3 - will I run into major problems if I don’t migrate to Varnish 4)?

Varnish Health Check: A stitch in time saves nine

As the saying implies, taking preventive measures up front can save you a lot of time, money and frustration in the long run. That’s what Varnish Health Check is all about: you get a comprehensive overview of the health of your Varnish Plus instance and actionable advice on fixing and improving your Varnish Plus.

The service can be delivered onsite or offsite, depending on what you need.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you and helping to get your Varnish Plus installation into tip-top shape. Don't hesitate to send me an email to help figure out how we can be of service:

Learn more about Varnish Health Check and get in touch.

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