Pound 2.1 review

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Pound is a reverse load balancer, HTTP proxy and SSL wrapper

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 133K
Developer: Robert Segall
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Pound is a reverse load balancer, HTTP proxy and SSL wrapper. It proxies client HTTPS requests to HTTP backend servers, distributes the requests among several servers while keeping sessions, supports HTTP/1.1 requests even if the backend server(s) are HTTP/1.0, and sanitizes requests.

Here are some key features of "Pound":
a reverse-proxy: it passes requests from client browsers to one or more back-end servers.
a load balancer: it will distribute the requests from the client browsers among several back-end servers, while keeping session information.
an SSL wrapper: Pound will decrypt HTTPS requests from client browsers and pass them as plain HTTP to the back-end servers.
an HTTP/HTTPS sanitizer: Pound will verify requests for correctness and accept only well-formed ones.
a fail over-server: should a back-end server fail, Pound will take note of the fact and stop passing requests to it until it recovers.
a request redirector: requests may be distributed among servers according to the requested URL.

What's New in This Release:
This is primarily a bugfix and performance enhancements release.
It enhances support for pcre and hoard and location rewriting.
It removes all static buffers, fixes some memory leaks, and fixes issues in session tracking and URL and header checking.

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