Thursday, September 05, 2002
Peer-to-Peer activity swamping broadband networks, according to study by Sandvine
New white paper identifies solutions for service providers
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – September 5th, 2002: Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing activity threatens to swamp broadband service providers in a torrent of off-network traffic, according to a just-released study by Sandvine Incorporated.
Titled “The effects of P2P on service provider networks,” Sandvine’s white paper explains how file-sharing protocols ignore the logical topology of service provider networks. The result is ad hoc connectivity with P2P clients residing on other networks in other countries and continents – rather than clients residing within the subscriber’s own service provider community.
“It’s clear that service providers need tools to address the cost and efficiency challenges posed by peer-to-peer activity,” said Marc Morin, Chief Technology Officer of Sandvine. “File sharing is tremendously popular with broadband subscribers, but unless it’s directed along a least-cost network path, P2P traffic will continue to challenge the business model for basic Internet access.”
Among the study’s unexpected findings: P2P activity accounts for up to 60% of the total traffic on any service provider network; but the downloading and uploading of files by Internet subscribers accounts for only a portion of the data traffic generated by P2P clients.
Sandvine’s white paper echoes the recently published University Of Chicago study, “Mapping The Gnutella Network,” which details the critical performance implications of the popular Gnutella P2P protocol on service provider networks.
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*M. Ripeanu, A. Iamnitchi and I. Foster, “Mapping The Gnutella Network.” IEEE Internet Computing, Jan.-Feb. 2002, pp. 50-56.
Sandvine network equipment helps service providers better manage the growing burden of peer-to-peer (P2P) activity while building more profitable relationships with their subscribers. To reduce costs, Sandvine Peer-to-Peer Policy Management controls P2P traffic and delivers new operational efficiencies. To improve revenues, Sandvine's Subscriber Services Cluster provides a platform for easy deployment of network-based anti-virus, firewall and content filtering services to residential Internet subscribers. Sandvine products are suitable for all broadband and narrowband networks, cable or DSL. To find out more, visit Sandvine online at http://www.sandvine.com.