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Method for High Speed Routing of Virtual Web Content

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015263D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Oct-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A program is disclosed that extends a Web proxy server’s routing functionality. The program routes virtual directories to other Web servers, allowing Web content to be distributed across multiple physical machines, while presenting a uniform domain address for accessing the Web content. This program may be used to proxy browser requests to an intranet, or to the Internet. When a virtual directory is mapped to an intranet Web server, this is beneficial for distributing content over multiple physical machines. When a virtual directory is mapped to the Internet, users can browse specific Web sites exposed by the proxy through the virtual directories, as though those Web sites were an extension to the proxy's content. In the Figure below, the listed directories are mapped to a Web server that is not owned by the proxy administrator. In this example, the proxy server, acme.com, has 3 virtual directories: http://acme.com/toys http://toys.com http://acme.com/cars http://cars.com http://acme.com/plants http://plants.com