Squid is a caching proxy that runs off the Squid Cache proxy server software. It is designed for the web so it can support FTP, HTTPS, HTTP, and more. In addition, Squid Cache is one of the most popular software for running internet proxies. At Proxy Key, we run a customized configuration of Squid Cache.
Benefits of Using Squid Proxy
Squid proxies are designed to reuse and cache frequently-requested web pages, and that’s why it can improve response times and reduce bandwidth. What’s more, Squid makes an excellent server accelerator and you can make use of extensive access controls. Squid proxy is also licensed under the GNU GPL and can run on operating systems such as Windows.
Squid Proxy also makes optimizing network throughput possible by building cache server hierarchies. Yes, Squid’s design allows content requests to be routed to servers in a great array of ways. As Squid also optimizes data flow between server and client, it is used by hundreds of Internet Service Providers around the world, to provide their users with the best possible Internet surfing experience.
Squid Proxy aids Website Content Distribution and Acceleration
It is common for websites to use Squid to drastically increase their content delivery – Squid copies only the content being used. If you are planning to use Squid, you will be able to improve delivery speeds to clients and reduce your server load at the same time. With its advanced content routing configuration, users can also build content clusters to load and route balance requests via an array of web servers.
Modern Squid proxy systems currently run at a hit-rate of more than 70%. This quadruples the capacity of the Apache servers that backed them. If a web link from another website directs a large surge of traffic to a particular web page on your site, the numbers become more noticeable. In fact, the caching efficiency has the ability to reach 100%.