Cache as cache can
The distributed Web cache architecture
that made Akamai- style technology a darling of the Net and the Nasdaq is, some
argue, running out of steam. And I've been hearing whispers from potential Akamai-killing
(or Akamai-we're-hoping-acquires-us) companies, although few of these companies
have been willing to go on the record.
that's not so afraid to talk is OpenCola, which is run by the dynamic duo Grad
Conn and Cory Doctorow, who, believe it or not, write science fiction together
in their spare time (I haven't read it). This may explain some of OpenCola's incredibly
fantastical ideas for a peer-to-peer file-sharing and collaborative filtering
service, and for a trust-based rights management solution.
In comparison, OpenCola's core technology, peer-based caching, is positively pedestrian.
The concept is that users, while they are downloading a large, popular file, will
also be uploading pieces of that file to other users who are downloading it, thus
distributing the network load. Content providers will be the ones who pay for
this technology, the return for them being reduced server loads and increased
OpenCola has funding from Battery Ventures,
which is noteworthy since Battery funded Akamai.
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