Enterprise Linux Today: Content Delivery From The Source
Sep 26, 2000, 20:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Phifer)
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"We're entering the market with what we think is a better
approach," said Alexander Globus, Clearway CEO. "What makes us
different is our decision to build a complex agent that resides on
the origin server." The FireSite agent can see content change,
query the operating system, and assess server load. "Not only can
we gather this info," said Globus, "But we can take constructive
action based on it. We can do all of the processing, replication,
and synchronization required for content distribution without
"The FireSite agent is completely transparent to the origin
server and to existing infrastructure the hoster may use for high
availability or load balancing. "Our agent rewrites embedded
objects so that they can be served up by the CDN", said Globus.
"Agents have a lightweight database that tells them where content
is located. They'll rewrite HTML with the precise IP address where
content is located, so there is no DNS lookup or latency, no cache
miss that ends up bringing the request back to the origin server.
We don't rewrite the HTML until it is flying out the door - this
lets us make the best decision possible."
"FireSite is a turnkey content delivery solution. "To use
FireSite, all you need to do is drop our agent software onto your
content server," said Globus. "The FireSite agent replicates
content, making decisions about when and where content is needed,
and any necessary HTML modifications."