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Intelligent Global Content Management/Hosting, and Web Services Provision Intermediaries Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016036D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Jul-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

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In today's increasingly interconnected world, the challenges of providing rapid access to internet data, anytime, anywhere is one in which ripe possibilities still exist. Because of increasing bandwidth to the desktop and home, emphasis has been growing over the past few years in speeding the behind-the-scenes delivery of content via use of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), and other such geographically dispersed intermediaries. These entities cache and serve content to a given geographic area, so as to reduce latencies and "hop counts" between a user and his or her desired data. The "classic" CDN serves static content such as images and text, and has served a valuable purpose in reducing latencies throughout the Internet. This publication, the Intelligent Global Content Management/Hosting, and Web Services Provision Intermediaries, describes the means for which massive amounts of Internet content can be dynamically expedited and geographically transferred to individual users on demand, through two unique-but-related ideas. First, provision of application functionality, such as language translation and cipher key authentication can be provided at intermediary nodes around a given target geography, e.g., a state, a nation, a continent, etcetera. Extending the concept of Content Delivery Networks to comprise a new enhanced function Content and Application Provision Intermediary (CAPI) does this. Secondly, in a related point, is a technical approach, in which "sleeping" geographic infrastructure intermediaries are brought to life to service massive content delivery needs, based on trending data within a given geography. Once the trending data confirms the need for massive amounts of content to be transferred to a specific global geography, a "pull" is initiated to move this massive amount of content to that particular global node. Along with this "pull" initiation, that specific sleeping infrastructure node is brought to life, in preparation for receiving that massive amount of content. Conversely, once the content is no longer required for that specific global geography point, the infrastructure node is then drained of the pulled content and, henceforth, node is then put back to sleep until required again future point in time. This is a dramatic departure from traditional CDN approaches, and a significant non-obvious solution according to today's known standards involved in content/services management techniques. Considering today's known approaches in content management, static cache-able data is placed on operational servers in a given geography, based on historical hits and/or predictions of web traffic. This is often accomplished by using some manual means, or a programmatic action as initiated by a human systems administrator. However, by extending the functionality to include application readiness, advantages can be maintained in terms of speed, responsiveness, and ability to serve outlying global and more remote geographic areas. To elaborate, even if data is currently cached at a CDN, if the original server must be contacted and activated to perform certain application tasks, then the latency mitigation is minimal. However, if the application tasks can be performed at the CAPI, and the translated/processed stream sent back to 1