P-Cube Rolls out P2P Program


Peer-to-peer systems provider P-Cube Inc. is the latest outfit to trot out a product aimed at helping broadband providers face increased file-sharing traffic.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company has unveiled its "SmartStart-P2P Program," offering tools to optimize and control traffic and cut down on congestion, poor quality of service and high-latency issues.

Coupled with P-Cube’s "Engage" network-monitoring system, SmartStart will produce a report of vital network behavior, network performance and recommended actions.

Fueled by download file-sharing services including Kazaa, Morpehus and Grokster, peer-to-peer traffic -- in which users computers become servers, sending out shared files to other users -- has been growing.

Fellow peer-to-peer management provider Ellacoya Networks has estimated that peer-to-peer users comprise 15% of Internet population but can consume up to 70% of a network’s available bandwidth, thus posing network-congestion problems to operators.

“We developed the SmartStart Program professional-services offering to provide the increasing number of service providers facing the P2P phenomena a reliable and straightforward method with which they can quantify the problem on their own networks and have the information and tools required to address it,” said Vikash Varma, P-Cube’s vice president of worldwide sales, service and business development, in a release.