Peering ahead

The Christchurch company VXNET is piloting its peer-to-peer networking technology with several New Zealand companies which are using it for remote networking.

The Christchurch company VXNET is piloting its peer-to-peer networking technology with several New Zealand companies which are using it for remote networking.

Last year VXNET offered a free peer-to-peer service which connected users to each other without a server, and planned to eventually launch a paid-for version. VXNET marketing manager Simon Darby says, however, that this idea has been abandoned and the company is now looking at selling the technology as a standalone product.

Darby wouldn’t reveal any participants in the pilot scheme but says they are local companies with staff who regularly move around offices throughout the country.

Peer-to-peer is also highly suited to distributed computing, also known as grid computing. One aim is to provide that sort of capability to smaller organisations so they can dynamically establish a low-cost distributed processing network.

Darby envisages that a computing grid would also establish a community of users, not just anonymous donors of computing time. VXNET is also looking at supporting biotech IT because it’s innovative and has a big demand for data processing.

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