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Lisa Romano

June 12, 2001

Peer-to-Peer Working Group Defines the Future of P2P Business Editors and High Tech Writers: Over 60 Companies Represented at the May 2001 P2PWG Meeting in Santa Clara, CA

SANTA CLARA, CA — The Peer-to-Peer Working Group (P2PWG), created for the advancement and interoperability of peer-to-peer computing, rounded out two full days of presentations and working group sessions with a plan of action and a commitment from over sixty company representatives to take peer-to-peer computing to the next level.

The two-day event was held at the Santa Clara Marriott in Santa Clara, CA on May 30th and 31st. The working group event featured speaker presentations from Andrea Williams Rice, managing director and analyst at Deutsche Banc Alex Brown and Alex Veytsel, research associate and analyst of the Aberdeen Group, as well as peer-to-peer product demonstrations from Amoweba, Centerspan, eLiberation, Endeavors, Jibe, NPI (New Productivity Initiative), OnSystems, O'Reilly & Associates, PeerGlobal and Thinkstream. The working group sessions focused on security, NAT and firewalls, file services, peer-to-peer terminology and key marketing initiatives to promote peer-to-peer computing.

"It's really exciting to see so many companies come together, address, debate and challenge critical issues in peer-to-peer computing, then walk away with an agreed plan of action," states Brian Morrow, President of Endeavors Technology and chair of the Peer-to-Peer Working Group. "It's a good feeling to know that this group is willing to do what it takes to advance peer-to-peer computing...and make a difference."

Most of the critical issues stemming from the two-day session addressed technical challenges associated with topics such as security, interoperability, and firewalls. However, also high on the list of topics were concerns with the image of Peer-to-Peer in the broader space -- due to the frequent association with Napster and recent negative press -- and the viability of peer-to-peer business models. "There is no single P-to-P market, but there is a market for P-to-P," states Alex Veytsel, research associate and analyst of the Aberdeen Group. "Right now it is clear that there is a diverse portfolio of opportunities for P-to-P, the question is, which ones will gain the most traction in the months and years to come."

One thing is certain -- peer-to-peer members and non-members alike are coming together to address the issues and define the future of P2P. With a new membership structure, also agreed during this event, individual members can join for as little as $500 per year and be part of history.
The new peer-to-peer glossary, as well as speaker presentations and vendor papers from the May 30th and 31st event are available at www.p2pwg.org.

About the Peer-to-Peer Working Group
The Peer-to-Peer Working Group (P2PWG) was created to facilitate and accelerate the advancement of peer-to-peer computing and the peer-to-peer community at-large. The purpose of the P2PWG is to develop best practices that enable interoperability among peer-to-peer applications. The P2PWG welcomes all levels of participation. Individuals, students, academics, government organizations, and companies looking to learn more about how to join the peer to peer working group, should visit http://www.p2pwg.org for information.

P2PWG members include: Alliance Consulting, Avaki Corporation (formerly known as Applied MetaComputing, Inc.), BIAP Systems Inc., Bright Station PLC, CenterSpan Communications Corp., Consilient, Inc., Endeavors Technology, Engenia Software, Inc., Entropia, Inc., EventXperts, LLC, Fujitsu PC Corporation, Global Network Computers, GridNode, Inc., Groove Networks, Hewlett Packard, Information Architects, Intel Corporation, Invisible Worlds, J.D. Edwards, Mobular Technologies (formerly known as Science Communications), NetMount, NPI (New Productivity Initiative), NextPage, Inc., OpenCola, Inc., OpenDesign, Inc., O'Reilly & Associates , Outhink, Inc., PeerGlobal Technologies, Inc., Proksim Software, Inc., Sony, Static Online, Symbiant Group, Texar Corporation 3Path, United Devices and XDegrees, Inc.



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