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Apr 16, 2012, 1:20 AM
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[3.0] 095c9b9 Added an introduction. Brushed up the chapter on varnish in a virtualized environment
Author: Per Buer <perbu [at] varnish-software>
Date: Wed Jan 11 10:26:56 2012 +0100
Added an introduction. Brushed up the chapter on varnish in a virtualized environment
diff --git a/doc/sphinx/tutorial/index.rst b/doc/sphinx/tutorial/index.rst
index 32c2264..0bf3137 100644
@@ -14,6 +14,7 @@ separate topic. Good luck.
.. toctree:: :maxdepth: 1
diff --git a/doc/sphinx/tutorial/introduction.rst b/doc/sphinx/tutorial/introduction.rst
new file mode 100644
@@ -0,0 +1,37 @@
+What is Varnish?
+Varnish Cache is a Varnish Cache is a web application accelerator also
+known as a caching HTTP reverse proxy. You install it in front of any
+server that speaks HTTP and configure it to cache the
+contents. Varnish Cache is really, really fast. It typically speeds up
+delivery with a factor of 300 - 1000x, depending on your architecture.
+Varnish performs really, really well. It is usually bound by the speed
+of the network, effectivly turning performance into a non-issue. We've
+seen Varnish delivering 20 Gbps on regular off-the-shelf hardware.
+One of the key features of Varnish Cache, in addition to it's
+performance, is the flexibility of it's configuration language,
+VCL. VCL enables you to write policies on how incoming requests should
+be handled. In such a policy you can decide what content you want to
+serve, from where you want to get the content and how the request or
+response should be altered. You can read more about this in our
+Varnish is written to run on modern versions of Linux and FreeBSD and
+the best experience is had on those plattforms. Thanks to our
+contributors it also runs on NetBSD, OpenBSD and OS X.
diff --git a/doc/sphinx/tutorial/virtualised.rst b/doc/sphinx/tutorial/virtualised.rst
index ce4b9ad..ea8ade5 100644
@@ -1,16 +1,19 @@
-Running inside a virtual machine (VM)
+Running Varnish in a virtualized environment
-It is possible, but not recommended for high performance, to run Varnish on virtualised
+It is possible, but not recommended for high performance, to run
+Varnish on virtualised hardware. Reduced disk- and network performance
+will reduce the performance a bit so make sure your system has good IO
-If you are running on 64bit OpenVZ (or Parallels VPS), you must reduce the
-maximum stack size before starting Varnish. The default allocates to much memory per thread,
-which will make varnish fail as soon as the number of threads (==traffic) increases.
+If you are running on 64bit OpenVZ (or Parallels VPS), you must reduce
+the maximum stack size before starting Varnish. The default allocates
+to much memory per thread, which will make varnish fail as soon as the
+number of threads (==traffic) increases.
Reduce the maximum stack size by running::
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