Federated Content Delivery Networks

EdgeCast Networks has announced their vision for a federation platform that enables the exchange of content between independent Content Delivery Network operators.

As we've seen with the introduction of federated communications and enterprise applications, the introduction of federated content may well change the content delivery landscape.

It is worth looking at 3 patents related to the federation of content:

Systems and Methods for Invoking Commands Across a Federation (1)

Systems and Methods for Invoking Commands Across a Federation (2)

Systems and Methods to Uniquely Identify Assets in a Federation

I believe in the value of federation for enterprise users and IT organizations to enable new, powerful communication and collaboration networks. 

While the EdgeCast approach is interesting, it has not applied the lessons, architectures or models that have been proven in other federated solutions.  It is an interesting step in the right direction, but a solution that could create new value for enterprises and CDNs with broader, unconstrained thinking.


 

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