Legal File Sharing With BitTorrent Whitelisting

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Executive Summary

With almost 30,000 students, RWTH Aachen, the technical university of the Rhineland-Westphalian city of Aachen is widely recognized as one of Europe's most distinguished technological seats of learning. It plays an important role in the German research network Deutsches Forschungsnetz (DFN). This brings along an immense amount of internet traffic, which needs to be managed. But the particular challenge was the high volume of P2P traffic with copyrighted content. With its PRX-1000 Traffic Manager, ipoque offered exactly the features the CCC needed: an effective, powerful and fail proof system for internet traffic management. It enabled effective analysis and optimization of applications. The integrated QoS management allows prioritization and bandwidth control of classified traffic. Extensive accounting features provide in-depth application and network visibility. P2P traffic is rigorously throttled. The PRX BitTorrent tracker white listing feature ensures that unobjectionable P2P content can be downloaded without limitations. The deployment of PRX-1000 resulted in a substantial reduction of P2P traffic in the university's network. PRX-1000 minimized the load of the whole network. Components like firewalls, which are quickly overloaded if P2P is not curbed benefited from this. At the same time, the complaints about copyright infringements ceased. It also significantly increased staff productivity by relieving them from the burden of dealing with the infringements, leaving them with more time to focus on more important duties.

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