Meanwhile, ISPs that sell flat-rate broadband access view bandwidth-hogging P2P apps with the same horror that farmers do locust plagues.
Smelling a market opportunity, at least two dozen vendors claim to have the capability to identify and regulate P2P traffic on the Internet.
But a new report, posted on Internet Evolution, raises serious questions about these claims.
Internet Evolution and SNEP (Syndicat National de l'Edition), a French music industry organization, commissioned an independent test of P2P filtering products. The testing company invited 28 vendors, including major players such as Cisco and Juniper, to participate.
A mere five stepped up to the plate, and only under the condition that they could withdraw the results from the report if they didn't like them, sort of like a "get out of jail free" card.
As you can guess, Ellacoya and Ipoque did fairly well. Though not able to achieve perfect results in identifying and controlling P2P applications, both proved robust enough to be well worth a look.
Lab tests always have limitations because they are, by definition, an artificial environment. That said, the test bed seemed well-designed and thorough. I'd encourage you to check out the full report on Internet Evolution. And if you're in the market for a P2P filter, you've got a decent shortlist right in front of you.