Allow Boundary Group and Distribution Point Group Nesting
Allow boundary groups to contain other boundary groups (and distribution point groups to contain distribution point groups) so that a services hierarchy can be created and managed much more easily. As an example, below are a Boundary and DP hierarchy setup:
SiteBoundaryGroup - Contains Primary Site Server as an available site system, so it is available to whole site
RegionalBoundaryGroupA - Contains an MP for the A region
RegionalBoundaryGroupB - Contains an MP for the B region
LocalBoundaryGroup1 - Contains a local DP for location 1, part of Region A
LocalBoundaryGroup2 - Contains a local DP for location 2, part of Region B
Right now, if you want a nice hierarchy so that an IP in location 1 knows its DP,MP, and Site Server, you need to stick it's IP range/subnet in 3 different groups. If they were nested so that LocalBoundaryGroup1 was a member of RegionalBoundaryGroupA which in turn was a member of SiteBoundaryGroup, adding the IP range/subnet to LocalBoundaryGroup1 would filter down all the boundary services and site systems.
For DP groups, this would mean adding to 1 DP group would get all files distributed to groups that group is a member of. If we assume the above groups are DP groups instead and that DP1 is a member of LocalGroup1, it will get files distributed to LocalGroup1,RegionalGroupA, and SiteGroup.
This would make a lot of management and resource distribution much simpler than it currently is.
You can get a hierarchical approach by creating multiple fallbacks to multiple other boundary groups with different timeouts. Fallbacks with shorter timeouts are closer in the hierarchy; and longer timeouts are further.
In your example above.. set a fallback from Local_A to Regional_A (short timeout), and from Local_A to Site_BG (longer timeout)
Benjamin Meis commented
Not really, no. Totally different concepts from what I can see. The new boundary group stuff in 1609 relates to new methods of fallback, whereas my idea is about nesting boundary groups (and DP groups), allowing for, among other things, a hierarchical approach.