Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Adobe Refuses To Say I'm Wrong
In the above video, Kevin Towes, The Product Manager for Flash Media Server is asked by Andy Plesser at Beet.tv about my comments regarding the p2p capabilities of Flash and the impact on CDNs.
While Andy interprets Kevin's answer as being a refutation of what I said, it is clearly not. Kevin actually doesn't give a direct answer. He says "Hank makes some gross assumptions in all his diligence, its sort of interesting. But what we announced is something called RTMFP." But what he does not say is, "you will not be able to make a p2p network with Flash." Also, neither has the Flash Player Product Manager Justin Everett-Church been categorical about it here or here.
I have been wrong before. I will be wrong again. And it is certainly possible that Adobe has placed some artificial barriers that make it impossible to build a p2p network with their RTMFP protocol. I have discussed some of those here. But if I am wrong, it is just really strange to me that no one in the company will come out and say it.
Posted by Hank Williams at 9:00 AM