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P2P Positives

What products are best suited for P2P? Positive features start with the obvious decentralization of services and move to others that are less obvious. One of the aspects I like is that the application resides on the user's desktop. You can have a feature-rich user interface or use the local hard disk for data and customization settings. In addition, the PC can be used as a new connection point in a relay of messages to other peers. A related advantage is the ability to work offline.

Here are a few of the qualities of P2P that can enhance your application:

  • Easy collaboration between users

  • Lower costs for distribution of content

  • Lower cost for operator bandwidth

  • Little or no infrastructure cost

  • Can operate without being connected to the network

  • Simple collaboration between users or between you and your users

  • Create very large or very small P2P systems (this is unique to JXTA)

You can easily realize some great savings and some great functionality over server-based systems. Now, on to the bad news.

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