Content Smart Web Switch

Content Smart Web Switch

A Web switch from ArrowPoint Communications, Inc., Westford, MA, that routes traffic based on the URL of the request and an extensive database of rules. Using an ATM switch as its foundation, it analyzes the HTTP request and sets up a flow through the switch to the appropriate output port for the remainder of that HTTP session. After receiving the TCP connection request from the browser, it spoofs the client to obtain the HTTP header which contains the URL of the request so that the switch can route it to the most efficient server. The switch can also implement an additional quality of service (QoS) layer by writing a cookie onto the client's machine that is resubmitted with each HTTP request. In 2000, Cisco acquired Arrowpoint to provide its customers with a robust and flexible switching platform. See Web switch.


Content Smart Switches
ArrowPoint Communications pioneered Web switching with the CS-100 switch on the left, which supports up to 16 Fast Ethernet ports. The CS-800 (right) supports up to 32 Gigabit Ethernet ports.
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ArrowPoint's new Content Smart Web Switch products, the CS-50 and CS-150, target Web businesses building highly scaleable networks over the Internet that are optimized for electronic commerce and content delivery.
ArrowPoint's Content Smart Web Switches and WebNS software empower Web businesses to deliver personalized and customer-focused Web services.
The ArrowPoint's CS-100 and CS-800 Content Smart Web switches provide a front end for Web server farms or cache clusters, maximizing server resources and optimizing the performance of Web caches.
ArrowPoint Communications Inc yesterday announced the European availability of its next-generation Content Smart Web Switches. The CS-100 sells for around $20,000 and is aimed at medium-range ISPs and web hosters.
ArrowPoint's CS-100 and CS-800 Content Smart Web switches provide a front end for Web-server farms or cache clusters, maximizing server resources and optimizing performance of Web caches.

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