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Content Distribution Networks: An Engineering Approach

ISBN: 978-0-471-46413-6
200 pages
April 2003
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Content distribution networks (CDNs) are the most promising new techniques for coping with the huge and swiftly growing volume of Internet traffic. In essence, CDNs are groups of proxy-servers located at strategic points around the Internet and arranged so as to ensure that a download request can always be handled from the nearest server. In this, the first reference in the field, a recognized CDN pioneer describes the various technologies involved and explains how they came together to form a working system. With the help of case studies, he covers all the practical basics and provides invaluable implementation schemes.
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Table of Contents


Overview of Content Distribution Networks.

Site Design and Scalability Issues in Content Distribution Networks.

Wide Area Client Redirection Mechanisms.

Selecting the Right Site in a CDN.

CDN Data Sharing Schemes.

Interconnecting the CDN Sites.

Applications of Content Distribution Networks.

Related Topics.


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Author Information

Dinesh C. Verma is Manager of the Enterprise Networking Group at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds more than ten patents in the area of computer networking. A widely published expert in the field, Dr. Verma is the author of Policy-Based Networking: Architecture and Algorithms and Supporting Service Level Agreements on IP Networks. He is also an active member of the IETF and the ATM Forum.
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"...describes the fundamentals of a content distribution network." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2002)
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