Server Accelerators Power Up Web Sites

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2004-05-17 Print this article Print

Warp's SpiderCache and Stampede's TurboGold Enterprise Edition improve Web site performance by caching requested content.

When a company finds that Web site performance isnt meeting expectations, the typical response is to throw more hardware at the problem. But businesses can also turn to software accelerators that improve performance by caching requested content.

eWEEK Labs looked at accelerators from Warp Solutions Inc. and Stampede Technologies Inc.

Warps SpiderCache has steadily gotten better at improving the performance of dynamic content, one of the early weaknesses of Web acceleration products. SpiderCache Enterprise 4, available now and priced starting at $10,000, continues this march forward.

We liked SpiderCache Enterprise 4s ability to cluster SpiderCache implementations to improve performance and reliability, as well as the improved remote management options.

This type of server-based caching and acceleration can pay dividends that transcend Web servers and dynamic Web applications.

Stampedes TurboGold Enterprise Edition Release 2, available now, provides similar features to SpiderCaches on the Web side and improves performance for companies using IBMs Lotus Domino and Team Workplace.

With TurboGold Enterprise Edition Release 2, we could perform high-level, on-the-fly compression of attachments and content in Domino for performance gains and storage efficiencies.

Single-client licenses for TurboGold Enterprise Edition Release 2 start at $55, and server licenses start at $1,999 per CPU.

More information about SpiderCache is at"; for TurboGold, go to

Labs Director Jim Rapoza can be reached at jim_rapoza@ziffdavis. com.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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