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Offline DaBees-Knees

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Surprise, surprise: People use P2P at work
« on: April 21, 2009, 09:53:32 pm »
http://www.p2p-blog.com/

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Firewall solutions company Palo Alto Networks just released the 2009 edition of its annual Application Usage Risk Report that is looking at what kind of application and web services people use in corporate networks, and guess what: That guy in the cubicle next to you may be downloading videos via Bittorrent right now. Palo Alto Networks analyzed the traffic of more than 60 large organizations, and it found evidence of P2P file sharing in 92% of these cases. One of the companies even had 17 different file sharing apps active on its network, and the most common apps were Bittorrent and Gnutella clients. 76% of these companies had employees that used web-based file sharing like Megaupload or Yousendit. Why should companies care? Because accidental file sharing is a big threat to corporate security, according to Palo Alto Networks. The company somehow forgot to mention that Bittorrent apps usually don't allow any accidental sharing, but it warned against the threat of web-based file swapping. "Angry at being laid off? Or moving to a competitor? Launch YouSendIt! and transfer the customer database or the next-generation product plans to an online archive like BoxNet with ease." Thanks for the suggestion. Of course, there's another issue with P2P, and that's bandwidth. However, it doesn't look like P2P is much of a bandwidth hog in corporate networks. The Palo Alto Networks report claims that "P2P file sharing usage is rampant", but the numbers don't sound all that threatening. "In terms of bandwidth consumed, P2P file sharing increased dramatically (92%) over the previous report, chewing through 2.3 terabytes or 5% of the total bandwidth viewed across all organizations. From a bandwidth perspective, BitTorrent was the most voracious." Just as a frame of reference: The report shows that photo and video sites, which include sites like Hulu, consumed twice as much bandwidth as P2P and web-based file sharing together. The report can be downloaded for free after a quick registration.

"The report shows that photo and video sites, which include sites like Hulu, consumed twice as much bandwidth as P2P and web-based file sharing together."  I bet the cartel and ISP's don't shout that fact from the roof tops.  :evil:

Offline Cobra

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Re: Surprise, surprise: People use P2P at work
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2009, 04:14:13 am »
Like any of us needed a report to tell me that!

I already live in the real world and already talk with people online every day while they should be working. If people visit forums, send e-mails, and play games online when they should instead be doing their job, then OF COURSE they use P2P. Many of these workers probably don't even own a computer but own an MP3 player, so they download at work to always have the latest tunes.
Downloading is an addiction I do not want to give up.

Offline DaBees-Knees

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Re: Surprise, surprise: People use P2P at work
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2009, 07:24:41 am »
What interested me in that story was the stated ratio of bandwidth use. ISPs have tried to blame p2p users for every ill that has ever befallen the net. Seeing as there is never any independently accurate figures published most people take that as a truth. It would be interesting to know how much ISPs income would fall if there were no p2p users tomorrow?

Offline Cobra

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Re: Surprise, surprise: People use P2P at work
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2009, 01:21:35 am »
Yea, that was a good point. YouTube began in early 2005 and Hulu in late 2007. These "P2P is using up too much bandwidth" arguments started before those sites were even created, so even if it may have been true at one time, a lot of the comments made are now just being recycled as fact even though the facts change year after year. Although, in fairness, P2P probably uses up the same amount of bandwidth FASTER than video sites, and bottlenecking the network has always been a greater issue (or at least an equal one) from just HOW MUCH bandwidth is being used in total.
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