Thanks to standard proxy support in the clients, and the wide availability of the cern_httpd proxy server, anyone behind a firewall can now have full Web access through the firewall host with minimum effort and without compromising security. Corporate users don't have to be denied access to the Web any longer.

Considering the extremely fast growth of the Web, its ability to replace FTP, and the fact that by the time this paper is published the Web usage has already passed Gopher usage metered by the packet statistics in the network, the use of caching proxy servers becomes essential to allow the growth to continue in case the total Internet capacity doesn't keep up with the Web growth rate. The proxy caching makes it possible to gain "virtual bandwidth" as documents often get returned from a nearby cache rather than from some far away server.

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