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Strangeloop Makes The SPDY Protocol Practical

Strangeloop has come up with a new product that enables developers to incorporate the SPDY hypertext protocol to their HTTP sites.

The SPDY hypertext protocol was developed by Google a few years ago in 2009. This unique protocol by the Mountain View based search giant is meant to enhance a site's overall performance by including features like prioritized requests, multiple requests as well as compressed headers.

This protocol can accelerate website performance by as much as 15 percent, ZD Net (opens in new tab) reports.

However, before Strangeloop came up with Strangeloop Site Optimiser, the SPDY protocol was only supported by Google Chrome versions 6.0 and up. So developers, who previously wanted to add the protocol into their site, had to come up with two different versions of the sites- one for Chrome V 6.0 and above (that supports SPDY), and an HTTP version for every other browser.

Needless to say, the process was too problematic for many web developers and the number of sites that implemented SPDY remained fairly limited.

But the Strangeloop Site Optimiser addresses the problem by acting as a reverse proxy, thus allowing developers to incorporate SPDY without making any changes to the servers. The speedy versions of the site are still only accessible by people using Google Chrome.