Partners are key to Groove's peer-to-peer effort

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"The key is you have to make the enterprise comfortable with the concept of making data available in this way," says John Wollman, senior vice president of solutions for Alliance Consulting, an IT consulting firm in New York.

"For the enterprise, the technology has to be secure, use standard protocols, be extensible and support synchronous and asynchronous communication," he says "Groove has those features."

Peer-to-Here for peer-to-peer

Alliance has introduced Peer-to-Here for integrating peer-to-peer with corporate and Web-based applications and has developed a product called Organizational Proxy.

The proxy can route Groove sessions to enterprise users, expose corporate Web services to Groove groups or collaborate as a peer by brokering access to data. The company also is developing a mechanism to create an audit trail for file sharing.

The key to Groove's success will lie with third-party developers who will enrich the platform.

"We will be dependent on our partners for development of applications," says Michael Matthews, executive vice president of Groove.

The Groove Development Kit and about 2,000 Application Programming Interfaces will let developers create custom applications that run in the shared space. Corporate users will license the managed Groove Transceiver and various frameworks to enable the development of custom applications.

Pricing has not been set.

Groove Networks: www.groove.net

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