PORTLAND, Ore. Peer-to-peer (P2P) digital content distribution used to be about copyright violations, and users sending unauthorized music and videos to each other over the Internet. Now, Kontiki Inc. says it has created a way of using P2P content distribution to ease corporate network congestion, without adding new hardware.
Kontiki (Sunnyvale, Calif.) claims its delivery management software enables corporations to securely distribute files among many users without the need for high-speed, centralized servers. It also claims the system is based on a P2P scheme that is legal and ultrasecure.
"Legitimate uses of peer-to-peer communication are not about copyright violations, but about distributed computing--large networks of machines achieving a common goal together better than they used to do alone," said Wade Hennessey, Kontiki's CTO. Rather than distributing digital content from large central servers, Kontiki's approach uses secure P2P networks to distribute digital content among users' machines, "thereby delivering it more efficiently--both in terms of network utilization and in terms of bandwidth utilization," Hennessey added.
Kontiki's Delivery Management System uses computers and their networks to distribute documents without additional hardware. Instead, software is installed on each user's computer to coordinate P2P communications among network nodes. When a file is to be distributed among users, copies are sent over the Internet to one user on each LAN, after which P2P communication is used to distribute to the rest of the users.
Kontiki's software uses an interactive graphical user interface based on Adobe Flex, which provides real-time client and server-side metrics that monitor deliveries and track usage patterns. The system automatically scales as networks grow by adding new peer-assisted delivery avenues as users are added. Standard XML and Web service application programmer interfaces allow integration with corporate intranets.