Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal spoke to Larry Roberts, who oversaw a Defense Department project in 1969 which laid the foundation for the Internet. His verdict, the Internet itself needs an overhaul. Why?
In a recent report, Cisco calculated that monthly Internet traffic in North America will increase 264% by 2011 to more than 7.8 million terabytes, or the equivalent of 40 trillion email messages.This incredible growth threatens to overwhelm the infrastructure of the Internet, which was originally designed for very different uses than we demand of it today. Roberts' money quote on the topic:
"The Internet wasn't designed for people to watch television. I know because I designed it."Among those for whom these challenges are particularly pressing, are companies with lots of communication traffic between many satellite offices. To serve their needs a number of start-up firms are offering hardware and software to deal with the bandwidth crunch, including Anagran Inc., which is run by Roberts.