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Chapter 19. FUTURE NETWORKS: WHERE IS TE... > Peer Computing on the Internet

Peer Computing on the Internet

A concept that will definitely become a reality in the next few years is secure peer computing on the Internet. We've already discussed how a secure connection can be made between a remote client and a network using a VPN (Virtual Private Networking) connection in Chapter 17, "Networking on the Run." Peer-to-peer or P2P communication on the Internet, however, will not only benefit companies using the Internet, but home users and small businesses that wish to share files and communicate within a secure environment.

Systems such as Microsoft's Instant Messaging, and Web sites such as Napster (which at the time that this book was written pretty much had the plug pulled on it by the courts) are examples of peer-to-peer communication on the Internet. Instant messaging allows direct communication between users on the Internet, and sites like Napster allow users to directly share files between computers (in the case of Napster, music files are shared). This concept will be greatly expanded so that Internet users who want to interact in a small group will be able to communicate and share files.


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