We have an internet accelerator. It works more by a compression
feature. My boss says it's great. We use that between plants, etc.
The term "accelerator" may be a bit of a misnomer because inserting
another server into the topology always adds some extra latency to the
line. An accelerator may actually become a decelerator in the case of low
volume web sites. The IBM i Apache server has built-in caching &
compression, for example. You don't need another server for that.
On the other hand, it may make sense to move certain workloads off the
database / application server. Encryption, compression, certificate
management, caching, and serving static content are good examples. The
extra server may provide a buffer against DOS attacks and general hacking.
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