What are self-operated Meta CDNs, and should ISPs be concerned?

General, ISP-CDN cooperation, Research findings

The information in this post comes from the paper “Dissecting Apple’s Meta-CDN during an iOS update.” To read the full study, please click here. Before 2014, Apple – one of the largest content generators on the web today – relied on external content delivery networks (CDNs), such as Akamai and Level 3, to deliver everything […]

Why geolocation is important for enforcing the General Data Protection Regulation and other privacy policies

General, Research findings

The information in this post comes from the paper “Tracing Cross Border Web Tracking.” To read the full study, please click here. If you are living in Europe or doing business with European companies, you are probably already familiar with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has been in effect since May 2018. However, […]

Episode 5: Vision Gaps: How to overcome them by evolving towards ISP-CDN interplay

General, ISP-CDN cooperation, Network, Visibility

In the previous episodes, we mentioned that the internet demand is continuously growing, and the network infrastructure is no longer able to efficiently support the heavy traffic without costly upgrades and extensions. So far, we discussed the tools currently being used to support content delivery, why we think they are no longer efficient, and the […]

Episode 4: Vision Gaps: How BENOCS tackles the delivery of different types of content

General, ISP-CDN cooperation, Visibility

In the previous episodes, we explored the different approaches currently implemented into the network in order to keep up with the increasing customer demands and the delivery of content across the internet. Although they are currently capable of sustaining the higher demands and expectations, their systems are not efficient and require frequent and costly infrastructure […]

Episode 3: Vision Gaps: One step closer with ECS

General, ISP-CDN cooperation, Network, Visibility

In the previous episodes, we took you on an “internet road trip” to help explicate some of the issues concerning content delivery across the network. However, the network does not work with such efficiency and simplicity as we have previously alluded. In fact, our previous metaphors are still missing some important features that are used […]

Episode 2: Vision Gaps Deep Dive: DNS Indirection

General, ISP-CDN cooperation, Network, Visibility

After a long and stressful day of driving (almost stranded in the middle of nowhere without gas), you finally arrive to your destination tired and hungry. While scouring through the local phone book located in your hotel room’s desk drawer, you stumble upon an advertisement for a pizza delivery chain with three locations nearby. You […]

Episode 1: Vision Gaps: How to see through the internet forest

General, ISP-CDN cooperation, Network, Visibility

Imagine that you are on a road trip almost exactly half way to your destination. You are at that part where it is simply you, the road, and the beautiful landscape that seems to go on for forever. This should be a relaxing and enjoyable drive, but instead you become frantic having just learned your […]

Network analytics will play a key role for future networks

General, Network, Research findings

In just a few years’ time, the Internet has changed significantly. Starting as a hierarchical Tier-1, Tier-2 and Tier-3 topology, it is evolving more and more towards a mashup of directly interconnected networks, thus increasing its complexity both physically and logically. Driven by higher quality demands and lower transit network cost, content providers have been […]

Ultimate Un-Carrier: Raising All Visors!

General, ISP-CDN cooperation, Network, Research findings, Technology, Visibility

Since its beginning, the Internet as a system of systems has enjoyed unparalleled success as a powerful means of telecommunication. It is blazing fast, its infrastructure reaches even the most remote places on earth, and its design principles have shown to be quite robust. However, the opportunities that lie ahead of us will make greater […]