22 thoughts on “Akamai goes P2P, buys Red Swoosh”

  1. Congrats Travis and Team!!!

    This is yet another validation that P2P and high quality downloads have become a must-have component of any commercial online video initiative.

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  3. This news tends to prove that even giants like Akamai with strong CDN networks cannot compete against p2p delivery networks. So if you cannot beat them, join (buy…) them !

    To another extent, this news is very good and confirm the efforts from my company to evangelize P2P and provide P2P Content Delivery solutions: peer-to-peer is now seriously considered as the main architecture when companies develop their online video distribution portal, while client-servers architecture are deprecated.

    And of course it is not limited to video contents: you can use p2p content delivery networks for music, pictures, work documents, zip archives, programs …


  4. The deal defintely is strategic and signifies two things

    1) P2P will play a significant role in CDNs to lower the costs for delivery high quality videos and streaming live events.

    2) The $15 Million price tag also says that P2P CDNs will not be mainstream anytime sooner, and hence low revenues for the next 2-3 years.

  5. What features will make p2p content delivery, especially streaming media such as video, main stream?

    Some thoughts that I have pondered over. In my oppinion for a p2p system to become widely accepted and used it has to show some specific characteristics. Below are some end-user centric thoughts.

    -End-users have to get used to and comfortable with the idea of sharing bandwidth.

    -They have be certain that the p2p software do not compromise their security nor integrity. Doing like some solutions which installs a software and automatically configures it to run 24/7 on the client computer sharing media is simply not the way to get trust. I belive that by default users should not have to share more that the material they download and at the instance when they download it.

    -Simple installation! This is a key feature, if the installation process is complicated people will not use it. It’s as simple as that. 3-4 clicks should be the maximum.

    -OS agnostic. The p2p system should work on all major platforms and on all major media players. Wether the end-user uses Linux, Mac or Windows it should work seamless.

    -Browser agnostic. The plugins for the p2p system should work for all major browsers; IE, firefox, safari, opera, it should make any difference.

    -The p2p system should work with all major media players such as; windows media player, quicktime, flash and real player.

    -It should be based on open standards, no walled gardens making it impossible for users (not end-users) to change system.


    What do you guys think?

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