Kwak, Chris; Fagin, Robert; Internet: Internet Infrastructure & Services - Introducing Internet 3 - Thick clients in the era after the web-browser 2002.

The Edge: The Undiscovered Country. In Internet 2.0, the Web era, everything has collapsed into the network center. Servers dominate the network with content, processing, and storage; PCs are largely presentation-level devices whose participation is consumption. In Internet 3.0, the center begins t...

THEMES: Kwak, Chris | Fagin, Robert | Internet
YEAR: 2002
 
Summary
Introducing Internet 3.0
Distribution and Decentralization Change Everything
* THE RIPPLES CHANGE THEIR SIZE. This report examines the impact of
distribution (of assets and resources across geographies) and decentralization (of a
network’s assets and resources outward toward “edge” devices) on the Internet. It
highlights the companies that will benefit or be hurt by this trend. Finally, it
profiles emerging companies that are taking advantage of these trends and
pushing the Internet toward its next phase, which we call Internet 3.0.
* WHAT HAPPENS IN INTERNET 3.0? Thick client devices dominate the network.
Edge devices communicate directly with each other. Increased traffic among
devices places strain on networks, forcing network carriers to increase capacity.
All of this is driven and guided by the laws of network dynamics.
* EXTENDING TRADITIONAL MARKETS, INTRODUCING NEW ONES. We have
identified four emerging areas in the field of distribution and decentralization:
distributed processing, distributed storage services, distributed network services,
and decentralized collaboration.
* INTEL, MICROSOFT, SUN: INCUMBENTS TAKE CHARGE. Intel, Microsoft, and
Sun Microsystems have emerged as thought leaders, each waving a flag and
jockeying for position in Internet 3.0. We also profile a number of private
companies that are providing thought leadership on the next phase of the Internet.
We highlight their impact on incumbents and existing markets, and quantify new
market opportunities.