Date Added: Jul 2012
The significant orientation of the current Internet towards information/content determined the appearance of new solutions and concepts among which the Content Aware Networking is a significant one. Virtual Content Aware Networks (VCAN) constructed as overlays over IP network substrate is considered an efficient solution to incrementally introduce content awareness at network level. This paper continues a previous effort to define and develop a new framework for connectivity resources management in overlay VCANs, built over multi-domain, multi-provider IP networks. The VCANs are created and managed by novel business entities called CAN Providers and they offer enhanced connectivity services to high level Services Providers (SP), including unicast, multicast, and P2P in a multi-domain networking context.