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section.io adds Signal Sciences Web Protection Platform

website security

We are pleased to announce today that we have added the Signal Sciences Web Protection Platform to section.io’s modular content delivery grid. Both section.io and Signal Sciences focus on bringing security, agile practices, and DevOps workflows to enterprises that are tackling the shift to cloud and modern application deployment.

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How the Developer PoP brings Continuous Integration to Content Delivery

code

section.io is the only content delivery platform specifically designed to accelerate, scale and secure web sites with the development lifecycle in mind. But before we get to why this is so important, you must understand how CDNs came about, what problems they were created to solve, and why they traditionally have stood far apart from the development cycle.

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Varnish Cache Tutorial with section.io

developers

Varnish Cache is a modern, flexible HTTP accelerator that speeds up websites by caching both static and dynamic content. Varnish is an open source tool that can also be deployed on content delivery solutions such as section.io, and it has grown in popularity in the past several years because it is faster and more configurable than older solutions like Nginx and Squid.

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The DevPoP - Build and Test Your CDN Configuration Locally

developers

section.io’s Developer Point of Presence is the first and only solution that allows developers to pull their full content delivery, caching, and WAF configuration into a local environment for testing. Using MiniKube, a tool which allows you to create a local Kubernetes cluster on your machine, section.io gives developers and operations teams a local Point of Presence that is exactly the same as section.io’s global PoPs. This allows for a faster feedback loop, less problems on your live site, and better website security and performance outcomes.

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Top Security Threats to Ecommerce Websites

website security

In the past few years it’s seemed like there has been a new widespread security breach every other week. High profile incidents such as Heartbleed and WannaCry and hacks of notable entities including Sony Pictures and the Democratic National Committee have brought cyber security to the front of people’s minds. The magnitude of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks has risen with the increased number of devices connecting to the internet, and as more of the population engages with these devices the risk of sensitive information being taken advantage of continues to rise.

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What is a Varnish Cache Hit for Pass?

varnish cache

When using Varnish Cache one of the most important things you need to understand is how and why various requests get labelled as they do. A “cache hit” and “cache miss” are easily understood - a cache hit is a request which is successfully served from the cache, and a cache miss is a request that goes through the cache but finds an empty cache and therefore has to be fetched from the origin.

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section.io Adds Load Balancing to Content Delivery Grid

load balancing

We’re pleased to release a new feature on the section.io platform: Load Balancing for your origin servers. Even with a content delivery solution such as section.io and caching in place, websites still need to make sure their origin servers are available for crucial tasks such as generating user-specific content and going through a checkout process.

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Announcing Synth - Ongoing Website Performance Monitoring

synth

section.io is committed to giving our users a full suite of DevOps-friendly monitoring and measurement tools that enables them to easily tune their content delivery without relying on external tools. Now we’re excited to announce we’ve launched Synth, an ongoing monitoring tool available to anyone. The best part? It’s free for everyone, and will stay that way forever.

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What is SpeedIndex and How Should I Use It?

website performance

One of the trickiest parts of understanding how fast your website loads for users is knowing which metric to use. The natural inclination would be to measure how long it takes the entire page to load. Others would argue that you should instead look at how long before something appears visually on the page. Or should we instead focus on Time to First Byte because Google cares about it enough to factor it into your Search Engine Results Page?

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How to Improve Magento Performance with Varnish Cache

website performance

Magento is a popular ecommerce platform, but it can be slow to load, especially for stores with large databases of products. In their release of Magento 2, Magento has looked to improve performance by creating a system that can be easily integrated with Varnish Cache, a powerful HTTP accelerator and reverse proxy. As more ecommerce shops move to Magento, we’re hearing more questions about how exactly Magento 2 and Varnish Cache work together and how to troubleshoot common Magento-Varnish Cache issues.

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