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.
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.
"...describes the fundamentals of a content distribution network." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2002)