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Peer-to-Peer Corporate Resource Sharing and Distribution with Mesh

Peer-to-Peer Corporate Resource Sharing and Distribution with Mesh
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Author(s): Ramesh Subramanian (Quinnipiac University, USA )and Brian Goodman (IBM-Advanced Internet Technology, USA)
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 4
Source title: Information Technology & Organizations: Trends, Issues, Challenges & Solutions
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-066-0.ch320
ISBN13: 9781616921248
EISBN13: 9781466665330


Currently, much of the corporate data and content within “global” organizations are distributed by replicating and distributing such data and content using centralized content repositories. That is, the data is globally distributed, but made available within a location or geographical area by using a “central” server that is responsible for serving the content to clients located within the area. The advent of peer-to-peer (P2P) computing has changed this approach. The term “P2P computing” emphasizes the shift away from centralized and client/server models of computing to a fully decentralized, distributed model of computing. During the last couple of years, the term “P2P,” or “peer-to-peer” has aggressively moved to the center-stage of the computing field. According to Clay Shirky, “P2P is a class of applications that takes advantage of resources – storage, cycles, content, human presence – available at the edges of the Internet…” (Shirky, 2000). A report on P2P technology by Gartner Consulting (Gartner Consulting Report, 2001) states that “half of the current serverbased content management vendors will add Data Centered P2P functionality to their product offerings by 2005 (0.7 probability).” With P2P computing, the accent has shifted from storing content in, and serving from, centralized servers to storing and serving (at least some of) the content from the client-side. In this model, the content provider manages his/ her content in a local client, and shares the content with anyone who is allowed to access the content. Responsibility for content creation, storage and security dwells on the client side. This has a lot of ramifications for the way in which corporate data is distributed.

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