Posted by: Tony Bradley
Internet, Networking, P2P, Peer-to-Peer
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networking is sort of the “red-headed step child” of the network world. It is almost universally condemned by network administrators and security experts. It is blamed for a good chunk of software piracy, and illegal music and movie downloads. Files downloaded may contain spyware or malware. Even in a best-case scenario, where a user is downloading a legitimate program that is clean and safe, participating on a P2P network still eats up network bandwidth. On the other hand, P2P networking has innovated and revolutionized certain aspects of networking and content delivery. That is particularly true of BitTorrent. BitTorrent filters out spyware/malware, as well as corrupt or fake files, and the method of downloading from multiple sources simultaneously allows BitTorrent users to achieve exceptional download speeds. BitTorrent is continuing to strive to establish the distributed P2P technology as a legitimate networking solution. BitTorrent has announced a new service, BitTorrent DNA, to let customers use the BitTorrent network to distribute streaming video. Check out BitTorrent moves from piracy to video streaming to read more about the new offering.