Kontiki Inc, which has been applying peer-to-peer technology to the content delivery network idea for the last couple of years, this week said it has added the final major piece to its enterprise software suite.
The company added the Grid Delivery Server to its Delivery Management System suite, in order to give buyers more options for deploying a Kontiki CDN on their networks. The server joins the DMS and the Kontiki client as the third major component of the offering.
The main idea behind Kontiki is to help administrators best utilize the bandwidth on their networks, by having heavy content such as video files delivered to end users from the closest source at a convenient time, rather than all at once from one server.
The system applies the P2P download concept currently used massively on public file sharing networks such as KaZaA, and the now defunct Napster. Each end user has a Kontiki client installed that coordinates downloading and uploading with other peers.
Mark Szelenyi, director of enterprise marketing at the company, said that the server component just released gives users more configuration options. Hypothetically, the system could now be configured to have clients in download-only mode, with multiple distributed servers acting as the sources for the content.
Video learning and internal corporate communications are areas where Kontiki sees its biggest opportunities. The new server component could be integrated in a company’s existing infrastructure, Szelenyi said, installed on a Windows server used for streaming media, for example.
While the company is facing competition from CDN technology firms including Cisco Systems Inc and Network Appliance Inc, which make cache-based CDN systems, it also sees a handful of competing startups. Kontiki also offers a hosted version of the system.