BitTorrent – The Next Wave of P2P
De opvolger van Kazaa en Morpheus is ontdekt. Nu kun je nog sneller en met minder computer belasting files sharen en downloaden. Ziet er uit als zeer slimme P2P software. Het begint redelijk snel te groeien qua aantal gebruikers. Wat vinden jullie ervan?
The original file-swapping site Napster made peer-to-peer networking a star. Later, swap sites Kazaa and Morpheus found ways to market it. Now comes BitTorrent to push peer-to-peer (define) technology to new heights in 2004. In the enterprise IT sector, where bandwidth wastage hurts the bottom line, BitTorrent adds a new twist to the upload/download technology.
Instead of just allowing file-sharers to grab content from each other’s systems, BitTorrent targets the bandwidth nightmare by stripping digital files into tiny shreds. When multiple users request and trigger a download, the pieces of the files are then uploaded around the network and reassembled locally by the recipient’s machine, much the same way the red-hot VoIP (define) technology works.
Early adopters see BitTorrent as an excellent solution because it provides very fast downloads while consuming a relatively small amount of server resources. Instead of things slowing down as more and more people are using the system, it actually speeds up. In 2004, we’ll see a major spike in BitTorrent usage as software vendors, movie companies, and online gaming sites embrace the new peer-to-peer concept to large file transfers.
The next wave of P2P technologies won’t stop with BitTorrent. Look for open-source P2P streaming standards and technologies to evolve and cut the costs for businesses.