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Enterprise Linux Today: Content Delivery From The Source

Sep 26, 2000, 20:16 (0 Talkback[s])
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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 administrator involvement."

"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."

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