topological "closeness" (RE: Web o' Wonder)

Yes. Initial customer reaction is, at first, hesitant. However, when they
try it an see *DRAMTIC* improvements in response times. This is predicated
on the "closeness" of the cache relative to dragging the stuff over the
whole world.

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There is definitely a benefit to the customer once the data is stored on
the cache. However, in order to scale at a reasonable cost one would
probably want to build a hierarchy in the caching servers.

With or without a hierarchy of caches (such as local area and network
border caches); the first user to request data through the cache will be
penalized with an additional delay not present in direct access.