Velocix offers a commercial platform that combines the benefits of peer-to-peer distribution with a caching network. The company has announced partnerships with Kontiki and Rawflow to extend its peer-to-peer download and live streaming services. It calls the result P2P+.

Under the terms of the partnership with Kontiki, Velocix will provide a hosted version of its Delivery Management System. Kontiki provides the peer-to-peer download manager for the BBC iPlayer, Sky Player and Channel 4oD service in the United Kingdom.

Velocix and Kontiki say they share a common view of the economic and scalability benefits that hybrid P2P based solutions offer over traditional delivery systems. They plan to collaborate jointly on new developments that create the next generation of P2P technologies.

“Our partnership with Velocix was a natural extension to offering our customers increased opportunities to gain fast and reliable access to web content,” said Eric Armstrong, chief executive of Kontiki. “With our shared vision and understanding of P2P technology, combined with the global ‘P2P-aware’ Velocix content delivery network, customers gain a better user experience, while reducing their CDN costs.”

In a separate move, Velocix has acquired an exclusive licence to sell, market and support peer to peer streaming technology from RawFlow.

Velocix will market the Rawflow Intelligent Content Delivery solution under the Velocix Live Streaming product brand.

“Hybrid-P2P streaming provides scalability to the largest global audiences for online video and audio broadcasts whilst fundamentally disrupting the economics of live streaming on the internet,” said Phill Robinson, the chief executive of Velocix.

“Velocix P2P+ offers a rapid on-ramp for P2P application and service providers, giving them instant access to hybrid-P2P delivery capabilities, with all the economic benefits of P2P and the performance and quality of service levels of a globally deployed CDN.”

Velocix was formerly known as CacheLogic and is backed by Amadeus Capital, 3i and Pentech Ventures. Kontiki was founded in 2000 and acquired by VeriSign in March 2006 for $62 million. It was subsequently sold off as a separate company with backing from MK Capital in May 2008. Rawflow is backed by Benchmark Capital.