Cool new tool coming from Amazon

You can read more about it, and sign up for notifications, here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/html-forms-controller/aws-content-delivery-service?

Basically, it’s a way to do edge caching for really popular items. Let’s say you have a site that gets thousands of requests a day for a movie file or other download. By using this service, you could put that file on Amazon’s server, the visitors (no matter where they were in the world) could click on one link, and would instantly and transparently be routed to that file on the server nearest them.

This is similar to what Apple and other big companies use, except they pay beaucoup to Akamai for the privilege. Just as S3 democratized server farms, Amazon is looking to democratize edge caching (and make a tiny bit on each transaction, naturally).

Walter


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