Radware announces innovative features for its Cache Server Director® (CSD) version 1.4


Radware a leading provider of Internet Traffic Management (ITM) solutions enabling continuous access to Web sites, IP applications and content, today announced the release of version 1.4 of the company's award-winning Cache Server Director® (CSD), an intelligent cache server management and load balancing device. The new features include differentiation between cacheable and non-cacheable requests, reverse and forward proxy support, the ability to allocate cache resources and full FTP support.

"Since its introduction, Radware's Cache Server Director® has set the standard in providing optimal usage of cache resources," said Andrew Grant, Director of Sales -- CSD product line for Radware Inc. "The release of 1.4 takes cache management to a new level, providing our customers with a greater hit rate and better control of their cache resources."

Cache servers are being deployed in more and more networks globally to improve performance by caching content locally. This prevents users from having to navigate the Internet to retrieve content. Designed for organizations that employ cache server farms on their networks, the CSD provides optimal utilization of Internet access and cache resources. The CSD sits logically between user groups and the Internet and intercepts user requests and redirects them to the most available cache server. It optimizes cache resources by intelligently load balancing between servers, detecting server failure and eliminating duplication of content.

Cache servers also allow organizations to optimize existing bandwidth. In order to eliminate bottlenecks and single points of failure, many users are deploying multiple cache servers (farms). The CSD improves response time, and optimizes bandwidth by ensuring that the most responsive cache server will handle the user request and thereby maximize content hit rate.


CSD Version 1.4 Enhancements

Differentiates Between Cacheable and Non-Cacheable Content Requests
Version 1.4 allows the user to define which content should be cached by examining the URL requested by the user. This unique feature of content differentiation between cacheable and non-cacheable data ensures that unnecessary load of cache servers is avoided. When the CSD receives a request for non-cacheable data it will direct the request to the Internet, thereby bypassing the cache server. For example, a user can define that all JPEG and GIF files are cached while CGI scripts are sent directly to the Internet.

Supports Forward and Reverse Proxy
CSD version 1.4 provides high availability and load balancing for reverse proxy as well as forward proxy. This added feature complements the growing trend in the cache server market of providing support for reverse proxy, thus bringing the content closer to the end user.

Assigns Different Cache Quality Levels for Groups of Users
This enhancement allows users to allocate cache resources -- predefined for a specific group of users -- by IP addresses. The result is the creation of different levels of service provided by different cache servers. For example, a university may assign professors a better performing cache server, while students are directed to a lower end server.

Full FTP Support
CSD1.4 is the only Internet cache management solution on the market that fully supports FTP for transparent caching. The CSD transparently intercepts all FTP traffic and redirects it to the cache farm. Support for transparently directing passive and active FTP offers the ability to use the caching device as an FTP repository.


About Radware

Radware develops, manufacturers and markets products that manage and direct Internet traffic among network resources to enable continuous access to Web sites and services, applications and content based on the Internet protocol. Radware offers a broad range of Internet traffic management solutions to service providers, e-commerce businesses and corporate enterprises that require uninterrupted availability and optimal performance of IP-based applications that are critical to their business. Radware's Internet traffic management solutions enable its customers to manage their network infrastructure to bypass system failures and to scale their network infrastructure to accommodate increasing IP traffic. Radware's products improve the productivity of network infrastructure by distributing traffic within a network to optimize the use of available network resources. Radware's products can be deployed either as independent solutions to address specific application needs at a particular location within a network or as an end-to-end integrated solution to manage traffic throughout a network.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, general business conditions in the Internet traffic management industry, changes in demand for Internet traffic management products, the timing and amount or cancellation of orders, and other risks detailed from time to time in Radware's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Radware's Form F-1.