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Accelerate your web sites with Varnish

Accelerate your web sites with Varnish
Configuration, Set-Up & Performance

Accelerate your web sites with Varnish

45 minutes (+15 minutes Q&A)



Drupal | varnish | pressflow | performance | caching

Varnish is a reverse proxy cache. It accelerate your web site by caching responses from your web server and thereby offloading Drupal. Varnish is a modern solution outperforming its competing products by as much as twenty times. That is the reason for its increasing popularity as web accelerator.


This session is for anyone who is not afraid to manage Linux servers, but who has not yet looked into Varnish.

What you will learn

In this session you will learn:

  • What Varnish is.
  • When to use Varnish.
  • How Varnish fit into the landscape of Memcache, APC and other cache solutions.
  • How to install Varnish.
  • How to configure Varnish with VCL.
  • How to make Varnish and the Drupal distribution Pressflow to play along.
  • How to monitor Varnish.
  • Pitfalls and tips


How does this session

5. July 2010 - 10:39

How does this session differentiate it self from ?

In his session, Poul-Henning

5. July 2010 - 11:40

In his session, Poul-Henning Kamp "will show off his warez, lift the hood and make you think about servers and content delivery in an entirely new way." His target audience, according to the tags, is intermediates and experts.

In my session, I will show you how to install and configure Varnish to play along with Pressflow/Drupal. My presentation will be down to earth, hands-on, and for beginners and intermediates who don't fear the command line but has no previous experience of Varnish.

As I understand it, Poul-Henning Kamp's session will look on Varnish from an architectural point of view, while my session will approach Varnish from a practitioners angle.

In my opinion, the two sessions are targeting two different audiences. They are not competing. They complement each other.

See also previous presentations by Poul-Henning Kamp:

I'll vote for both - it seems

10. July 2010 - 11:31

I'll vote for both - it seems that they will complement each other just fine ;-)