Posted by : Amanda Stein Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Overview:
As the technology of implements used in internet advanced, the possibility to transfer huge files became a reality. Optical fiber provided huge leaps in terms of speed and reliability. Further advances were contributed by development of technologies like 3G and 4G. The revolution in technology has still not slowed down and new technologies are emerging everyday that defy the restrictions on the speed of internet. With such gains in terms of bandwidth speed, comparatively fewer advances have been made in terms of file transfer services. One such technology that has served as an FTP replacement service is P2P.

  • Technology of P2P services:
P2P is an acronym of Peer to Peer service. Since its inception, it has gained wide popularity amongst the masses as an FTP replacement service for transferring huge amounts of data over the internet. FTP protocol services are based on the client server model. The client server model is a two tier model. A Peer to Peer service is not based on any such binary relationship, it is actually made to make every connected system behave both as a consumer of data and at the same time distributor of data. It bagged the lime light as an FTP replacement service as it featured the capability to both upload and download effectively. Technically a Peer to Peer service is based on distributed network architecture. This is in direct contrast to the client server model.

  • Advantages of Peer to Peer service:
1)     As a peer to peer network is not a centralized one, it gives the network the capability to add more systems and remove existing systems at any time. This is a dynamic feature that is found only in very advanced FTP replacement services. In case of a typical FTP protocol transfer, there are only two participants, the client and the server. Any other addition or deletion goes against the protocol itself.

2)     A peer to peer service allows any node in the network to both upload as well as download simultaneously. This means that all nodes can benefit from the data that they have stored on their systems. It also allows for better and efficient utilization of the bandwidth.

3)     Most of the peer to peer services feature a GUI based download manager. As an FTP replacement service, a peer to peer service allows the download manager to pause, stop and resume any of the threads whether download or upload. Absence of resume capability was one of the much demanded features in a FTP replacement service as interrupted downloads usually resulted in a corrupt file that was of no use to the client. But with resume feature incorporated, a client can pause an active download any time and resume it later without any errors at all.

4)     All peer to peer services have inbuilt performance metrics analysis capability. Various aspects of the network like network status, bandwidth speed and availability, active network nodes, timeline based charts for network speed and peer information are presented to the user in a very understandable format.

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Frank Lampard has been involved in the research and development of many FTP replacement and cloud based services. His latest innovation gives mobile access to users for secure file sharing.

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