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May 31, 20223 min read

P2P Endpoint Management: Then, Now, and What's to Come

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If you haven't heard, the future of endpoint management is serverless. And for good reason.

The concept of peer-to-peer (P2P) endpoint management can sound confusing, but in reality, the technology has been used for quite some time.

Key article takeaways:

  • Peer-to-peer file sharing has been around since the 90s when Napster leveraged it to share limitless amounts of music files
  • Physical servers are costly and time-consuming to scale and maintain
  • Maximizing the capacity of devices already on your network for managing endpoints is faster, more secure, and far more scalable than other, antiquated models

Now is the time to rethink server architecture

The internet has come a long way since early iterations in the 1960s when government researchers had to transport magnetic computer tapes to exchange information physically. By the end of the 1990s, many people — especially music fans — took advantage of peer-to-peer technology to trade and download music via a file sharing service called Napster.

P2P networking was around before Napster, but its debut signaled the first time the public experienced large-scale file sharing over the internet. Napster served in-part as a search engine, where anyone who had a connection to the internet could search for a song file in connected users' personal libraries and then download it to their own hard drive. Instead of a central file library, each user served as a content source. While Napster quickly encountered legal and copyright issues, the functionality of P2P inspired a new way of content distribution.

Endpoint management at the edge is better than traditional methods

Flash forward to today where the internet is infused into nearly every aspect of life. For enterprise organizations, IT teams spend their days monitoring networks for security concerns and bandwidth issues, helping employees with technical problems, and ensuring that fixes, patches, and other content gets distributed effectively in a way that doesn’t interfere with day-to-day operations. For many organizations, endpoint management still relies on legacy, on-premise server architecture. Meaning, everyone relies on a big, bulky physical server that takes up space, is hard to update and manage, costly and time-consuming to scale, and lacks capabilities that modern technology enables — but why?

There is a better option for endpoint management, and it’s not too far off from the model made popular by Napster. With a P2P solution powered by your edge, enterprise organizations can turn every user on the network into an endpoint to aid in distributing content. By eliminating the reliance on one server, IT can push out patches and updates on-demand and as needed, gain better insights into the network's health, and maintain a better handle on security and compliance requirements for the whole network.

Welcome to the future of endpoint management is decentralized

By utilizing a P2P solution powered by your edge, enterprise organizations have the potential to eliminate server architecture to save time and money while gaining real-time visibility into their networks. P2P also offers better security and compliance enabled by automation, and the ability to monitor and troubleshoot issues on-demand. On top of that, organizations that adopt P2P architecture can easily scale their endpoint management operations as their business grows.

With capabilities like Endpoint Patching and User Experience Management, a P2P solution can help IT lead the charge for digital transformation. Now is the time to rethink content distribution and implement an endpoint management solution that can help deliver enterprise organizations to the next level. The white paper, Endpoint Management Powered by Your Edge, takes a closer look into how P2P-supported architecture is changing the game for IT operations.

Download the white paper: Endpoint Management Powered by Your Edge for a deeper understanding of how a peer-to-peer solution enables better endpoint management.

Step into the future of endpoint management with a P2P network solution.

About Adaptiva's OneSite Health

Adaptiva’s OneSite Health automates discovery and remediation of endpoint configuration issues to maintain unprecedented rates of compliance and end-user uptime and satisfaction across your network. Leveraging the Adaptiva OneSite Platform IT can continuously deliver software, configurations, and patches to endpoints no matter their location whether on the corporate LAN, VPN, or over the public internet. The world’s largest enterprise organizations and government agencies rely on Adaptiva for best-in-class real-time endpoint visibility and content delivery, as well as automated compliance checks, remediations, and patching without ever throttling the network or the end user experience.


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