Edging Toward Flexibility

By Henry Baltazar  |  Posted 2002-03-11 Print this article Print

Edging Toward Flexibility

As it stands now, center-to-edge systems are an effective way to push content through a network from a single point of creation. However, advances are in the works that will allow vendors to offer more flexible content delivery for approximately the same cost.

Intelligent content distribution
Bidirectional systems, which allow authorized users to create and distribute content from anywhere on a network, rather than from a single locale, will make for more flexible schemesn (see diagram). These systems will likely hold the greatest initial appeal for companies with large-scale collaboration needs, including news-gathering agencies and organizations that must pipe lectures, presentations or training content to a far-flung clientele.

The price of these systems will probably be comparable to those of center-to-edge setups: Theyll be expensive to implement and maintain, but once installed, will enable organizations to save on travel costs and conserve bandwidth (since content only goes over expensive WANs once).

Future versions of ContentDirector (slated for release later this year) will support bidirectional content distribution, allowing users to create and publish content from multiple locations.

Senior Analyst Henry Baltazar is at henry_baltazar@ziffdavis.com.


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