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Re: OPES and Email

2005-07-07 19:52:04

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An edge service is a service plugged into the side of an existing
service. For example, real time call outs from within HTTP servers or
SMTP servers to virus scanners or spam blockers are examples of edge
services.

An open pluggable edge service is an edge service that meets certain
criteria that allows them to be swapped in and out. For example, you
could swap out company X's virus scanner and replace it with company
Y's. Or cascade a series of virus scanners from multiple sources.

The OPES framework has defined such a set of criteria for edge
services. In addition, the OPES framework includes a profile for how
these services could be plugged into an HTTP server.

The RFCs 3238, 3752, 3835-3838 and 4037 all discuss OPES. In particular,
RFC 3752 covers a variety of use cases that are fairly generic. The
internet draft OPES SMTP Use Cases expands on the core set with use
cases that could be considered more specific to email.

I hope this helps.

        Tony Hansen
        tony(_at_)att(_dot_)com

Frank Ellermann wrote:
Tony Hansen wrote:

I don't know if you saw the recent I-D documents that came out, 
entitled OPES SMTP Use Cases
draft-ietf-opes-smtp-use-cases-02.txt).

Yes, I saw the announcement, and then decided that "somebody" will 
probably explain what OPES is, I've not the faintest idea.

The Open Pluggable Edge Services (OPES) framework is application 
agnostic.

Yes, and I'm OPES agnostic... ;-)  So what is it ?  Bye, Frank
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