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Yahoo does right by Traffic Server

Traffic Server is designed to optimize Web sites by caching popular content at the network edge, closer to users. It's not something Google needs -- they have their own solution -- but it could be very useful for relatively new, fast-growing sites.
Written by Dana Blankenhorn, Inactive on

It's easy to become obsessive over whether a piece of code is open source.

How code becomes open source  can be just as important. Is it being given the resources and sponsorship necessary to grow? Or is it being tossed over the side of a sinking ship?

By those standards, Yahoo has done its Traffic Server, acquired early this decade along with Inktomi, a solid service, placing the code with Apache.

The code is available right now from Apache's incubator. This brings the number of incubator projects to 36.

Traffic Server is designed to optimize Web sites by caching popular content at the network edge, closer to users. It's not something Google needs -- they have their own solution -- but it could be very useful for relatively new, fast-growing sites. It can keep them from going down when everyone "rushes to the rail" for access.

The software is being released in time for ApacheCon, which plans a Meetup on the software at 8 PST tonight. If you're at the Con go to Room 4. There you can get the lowdown on features, performance and history from people who have actually written code.

Shelton Shugar of Yahoo told CNET's Stephen Shankland that Yahoo hopes Traffic Server grows like Hadoop, the cloud computing technology that has since spawned the start-up Cloudera.

What do you think it can be?

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