Saturday, November 5, 2011

Peer-to-peer ubiquity

BitTorrent has made arrangements for an "always on" client to be pre-installed on Buffula's network attached storage devices. BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol used for distributing large amounts of data over the Internet. BitTorrent is one of the most common protocols for transferring large files, and it has been estimated that it accounted for roughly up to 70% of all Internet traffic. Interestingly, some feel bit torrent offers an alternate to the cloud model. “Cloud computing is a harkening back to centralizing everything,” BitTorrent CEO Eric Klinker said, “...that’s just not the model that made the Internet so powerful.” His company, confusingly, is named after the protocol.

The main objective with cloud computing is to create a centralized system where organizations and people place their content or IT infrastructure in a handful of companies and services, but the Internet was built on a distributed model, rather than this centralized one.

Instead, a different model of the Internet’s future growth would to re-focus on the distributed model of file sharing, in effect, " crowd sourcing" infrastructure,in a distributed fashion.

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