Varnish Software unveiled the latest addition to it Varnish Enterprise 6, the Massive Storage Engine (MSE) 4, a solution for storing and managing cached objects and their metadata.

MSE 4 further improves availability, reduces latency, and ensures customers can always deliver optimal digital experiences under high loads or even when certain drives fail. It’s ideal for video distribution and large-cache use cases, as it adds persistence and resilience to content delivery internally, externally, and at the edge.

“Content delivery use cases are rapidly evolving, and we are seeing that live streaming and VOD are the highest growth segments,” said Adrian Herrera, CMO, Varnish Software. “The challenge for content providers, telcos, and even traditional CDNs is how to support this growth and deliver the best digital experience in an economical way. A large part of this is having the ability to store, access, and deliver content as efficiently and reliably as possible, even in the face of hardware failures and traffic spikes, which is what MSE 4 enables.”

Varnish Software’s MSE 3 already offered high-performance caching and persistence for 100-TB data sets. MSE 4 builds on this foundation, making storage more efficient and reducing wear and tear on drives. The latest enhancements significantly improve speeds when managing metadata, often cutting the input/output operations per second by half. Additionally, new updates to dynamic configuration processes, content integrity checks, and disk error handling can prevent and mitigate the impacts of downtime for cached content, leading to greater resilience and less end-user disruption.

MSE 4 integrates seamlessly with Varnish Enterprise 6, Varnish Software’s feature-rich web cache and HTTP accelerator, and further expands on its many unique capabilities and benefits, including the newly upgraded Varnish Controller 5.1.

Varnish Controller 5.1 provides advanced tools for robust traffic routing and load balancing to ensure content is always delivered from the optimal location. The recent updates include a streamlined UI that provides value from day one and a suite of new tools to customize, modify, and manage custom routing to support the needs of virtually any configuration. 

“Edge is rapidly becoming essential to delivering the optimal video experiences,” Herrera said. “The only way to support this in a sustainable way is by disaggregating content delivery from the underlying infrastructure to extend the useful life and ROI of existing hardware, ensure you get the most value from new hardware investments, and move content delivery as close to the point of consumption to improve QoS.”