Peer to Peer Computing: Back to the Future

By Robert Burgelman, Philip Meza
2000 | Case No. SM76
The popularity of file sharing services like Napster and processing sharing services such as SETI @ Home have underscored the potential power of peer-to-peer (p2p) networking and processing. While much of the attention surrounding p2p technologies centered around controversial or non-profit applications, many legitimate and potentially lucrative applications can be executed using p2p technologies. The case examines how established technology companies Intel and Hewlett Packard will offer p2p-based services and looks at selected start-ups that are forming to compete in new markets using p2p technologies.
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