Oracle and Akamai Technologies announced recently that they will jointly release a standard for caching dynamic and static Web content simultaneously, something not previously available in one technology.

Previously, caching technology could handle either dynamic or static content but not both. This forced companies to sacrifice quick load times on Web sites that displayed both types of content on the same page.

The new standard, called Edge Side Includes (ESI), is a markup language used to define Web page fragments for dynamic assembly, according to a report from CNET. For example, ESI would allow to cache the Web site’s logo along with changing sports scores, the report stated.

Of course, this proposed standard may not see widespread adoption for some time. But caching in its current stage of development still offers enterprises substantial bandwidth savings.

But how do you get your hands around this evolving technology?

Fortunately, we can help. Want to know more about new caching trends and how they will affect your organization? These articles from TechRepublic will get you started:

  1. Cache vendors, who traditionally target ISPs and backbone providers, now have private companies and government agencies in their sights. Read what these vendors can do for your organization in “Is cache worth the cold, hard cash?”
  2. If you’re responsible for choosing a cache solution, be sure to read “Ask these questions before spending cash for cache.”
  3. “Can your Web site pass the eight-second test?” explains how sluggish page loading can aggravate your customers and what you can do to ensure it doesn’t happen.

Is caching useful to you?

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