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MetaCDN: Harnessing 'Storage Clouds' for High Performance Content Delivery

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Executive Summary

Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) such as Akamai and Mirror Image place web server cluster in numerous geographical locations to improve the responsiveness and locality of the content it hosts for end-users. However, their services are priced out of reach for all but the largest enterprise customers. An alternative approach to content delivery could be achieved by leveraging existing infrastructure provided by 'Storage Cloud' providers, who offer internet accessible data storage and delivery at a fraction of the cost. This paper introduces MetaCDN, a system that exploits 'Storage Cloud' resources, creating an integrated overlay networks that provides a low cost, high performance CDN for content creators.

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