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Manual Chapter: Compressing Content from an Origin Web Server
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Overview: Enabling content compression from an origin web server

The BIG-IP® device can request gzip-encoded or deflate-encoded content from the origin web server to accelerate responses. When the Enable Assembly Compression OWS check box is selected (enabled), the BIG-IP® device sends an Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate header to the origin web server. The origin web server complies only if it supports the compression mode; otherwise, the origin web server provides uncompressed content.

This functionality occurs independently of selecting (enabling) the Enable Content Compression check box, which sets the compression for the response that the BIG-IP device sends back to the client.

Enabling content compression from an origin web server

The BIG-IP system can request compressed content from the origin web server to accelerate responses.
  1. On the Main tab, click Acceleration > Web Application > Policies .
    The Policies screen displays a list of existing acceleration policies.
  2. Click the name of a user-defined acceleration policy.
  3. Click a node in the Policy Tree.
  4. From the Matching Rules menu, choose Acceleration Rules.
  5. On the menu bar, click Assembly.
    The screen refreshes to show assembly options.
  6. From the Content Assembly Options list, select Advanced.
  7. Select the Enable Assembly Compression OWS check box.
  8. Click Save.
  9. Publish the acceleration policy.
    1. Click Publish.
    2. In the Comment field, type a description.
    3. Click Publish Now.
If configured for compression, the origin web server provides compressed content in the response.
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