The process of getting a piece of web content to the end user is actually quite complex - a lot of moving parts in the form of different software, different hardware, different levels of page complexity, network constraints and so on … all have to click together smoothly to make a web page appear. The fast, complete and personal content showing up on a phone or tablet takes a whole host of behind-the-scenes “magic” that just has to work.
In recent weeks, we’ve written a lot about mobile web performance and the importance of achieving content delivery on mobile that is at least as good as desktop delivery. Creating this parity - the seamless mobile experience - has been easier said than done, but it affects pretty much all businesses across industries that seek to facilitate business and operations and accommodate customers and employees however and wherever they are. And while these truths are universal - they do affect certain industries more than others (or rather more urgently than others).
The Akamai Connector for Varnish, or the components that led to its development, has already been tested on real-life turf. When the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) was gearing up to handle the additional swells of traffic associated with the 2014 FIFA World Cup, they were able to work with Akamai and Varnish to synchronize their Varnish cache at origin with the Akamai cache infrastructure. Once synchronization was achieved, page load speed improved markedly, loading at least 25% faster. Obviously this translated into improved user experiences.
A few months ago, we announced the Akamai Connector for Varnish. We released it on a limited scale to give users the chance to test it out and see what it could do for them. Now the release goes wide. All Akamai customers who also use Varnish can get the Akamai Connector for Varnish to leverage the scalability and performance of the Akamai platform within the familiar Varnish VCL interface.