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What is an Website Accelerator?

A web accelerator provides optimization and security to web traffic for HTTP and HTTPS by focusing on two key areas–client and server facing optimizations.

Both, client and server optimizations are intended to ensure that pages load faster for your end-users, reducing the overall latency to make for better user experience (UX). An additional benefit is the extra layer of security that the web accelerator provides.

Web accelerators, in general, will often be able to serve content even if all your web servers have failed.

Web Accelerator is one of the four main modules of the Snapt Aria ADC (application delivery controller), the other three being:

  • Load Balancer: a complete Layer 7 load balancer for HTTP/S and TCP traffic to ensure your critical services are always kept online.
  • WAF (web application firewall): Layer 7 web application firewall for the Snapt Accelerator keeps your website and data safe and secure from threats.
  • GLSB (global server load balancing): intelligent and flexible global server load balancing allows you to efficiently set up co-location, a route to multiple countries, and more.

Client Facing Optimizations

These are related to the top layer of your application (front-end), the one that directly deals with your client requests, such as the delivery of files.

Such optimizations include:

  • page compression
  • content and image rewriting and optimization
  • CSS and JS minification

Server Facing Optimizations

These are designed to offload your web servers, also reducing the time it takes for pages to be generated, but more focused on the back-end of your application.

The technologies involved to optimize overall server performance include:

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Aside from optimization, the web accelerator also mitigates certain denial-of-service attacks (DoS), to make sure your application delivers content no matter what.

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Updated on March 25, 2020

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