P2P Goes to Work
Peer to peer will have its place in business but faces major obstaclesPeer-to-peer computingthe sharing of computer resources and services by direct exchange between systemsis more than just hip. Napster made P2P famous and showed how scalable and effective this technology could be for exchanging information. It also gave advance warning of the security, manageability and difficult enterprise integration hurdles that loom before P2P can truly benefit companies. Judging from the parade of products coming into eWeek Labs, "peer to peer" has become a catchall phrase for everything from collaboration and content distribution to e-mail and file sharing applications.
P2P is an emerging technology that hasnt yet proved itself in the enterprise and, in many ways, is still just trying to get in the door. eWeek Labs recommends investigating P2P-based packages in the few areas they have reached some maturityin particular, content management and group collaborationfor their innovative design.