Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Pando's P2P Field Test Shows 235% Performance Boost across US cable networks

P2P content delivery can boost delivery speeds by up to 235% across US cable networks and up to 898% across international broadband networks, according to Pando Networks, which offers a managed P2P content delivery service. The data was gathered in a recent P4P field test by Pando from more than 3,000 ISPs worldwide. As part of the test that began February 21st, Pando Networks delivered video content to more than 1 million people across global broadband networks including AT&T, Bell Canada, Bezeq International, BT, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Orange, Sasktel, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, Time Warner, Tiscali, and Verizon. Pando used ISP-supplied topological data for some of the networks, such as Verizon and Telefonica, while using proprietary Pando Network Aware technology to deliver content across other networks such as Comcast and AT&T.

The results also show Pando's ability to use P4P and Pando Network Aware technology to route data internally across the broadband networks instead of pulling data from external sources that put more strain on the networks.

For example, across US cable carriers, Pando increased the percentage of data routed internally across their networks from 2.2% to 43.4% of all downloads. This optimization reduced inter-ISP data transfers by an average of 34% (up to 43.8 % in the US and 75.1% internationally) demonstrating that network awareness provides significant network efficiencies for all ISPs.

The technology used in this first P4P field test was developed by engineers at Pando Networks based on research from Yale University. The protocols and specifications are being shared within the P4PWG, which is open to all ISPs and P2P technology providers, and sponsored by the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA).

In March, Pando presented initial results of this field test reflecting data exclusively for the US-based Verizon broadband network at the DCIA P2P MARKET CONFERENCE in New York.http://www.PandoNetworks.com

  • In March 2008, Verizon will begin using a peer-to-peer (P2P) file transfer system from Pando Networks to aid with the distribution of large media files to its broadband users. When deployed, the new system will move material authorized by the content owners -- such as movies, TV programs, software or large data bases -- faster for consumers and more efficiently for network operators, including Verizon. Significantly, Verizon said it no longer regarded P2P as a "dark-alley distribution system for unauthorized file sharing.

  • In February 2008, Pando announced NBC as its latest content customer.

  • Pando is funded by Intel Capital, BRM Capital and Wheatley Partners.

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