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A Uniform Method for Distribution of Internet Data To Appropriate Servers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015104D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Dec-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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Disclosed is a software system that provides network transport of widely differing Internet asset types in a uniform manner. This system is embodied in a set of software libraries that can be linked into Internet server software such as web servers, application servers, streaming media servers, and the like. The linkage can be in the form of a “plugin” to the server. The libraries perform transport functions to deliver files of any type to a remote server that can then send that content on to the final consumer according to its own delivery system and protocol. The disclosed transport system is part of larger software system known as Content Distribution Framework (CDF). The network transport methods are known as Content Distribution Transport (CDT). These software components are part of an IBM product called WebSphere* Edge Server. The diversity of Internet and world-wide-web delivered content increases daily. The Internet and web systems benefit from caching devices which speed delivery of that content both into web clients and out from web content owner’s origin servers. Since the content to be delivered is diverging rapidly in its type, as are the accompanying required delivery protocols there is a demand for more varied edge of network services such as content replication and caching. Among the most popular new content types now in highest demand are: Application content such as Enterprise Java** Beans, Servlets, other Java based execution pages Audio/Video/Whiteboard or other media-rich content which demands streaming delivery