Many of us rely on "cloud" storage services. They
enable us to access the same files from everywhere,
but they are fairly dumb and leave all the thinking
to people. ARPA2 Reservoir is different, in that it
supports metadata, automation and integration in your
In several places of the InternetWide Architecture, we use LDAP as our
data protocol — because it is the most refined standard protocol
for digging around in data. What we haven't yet discussed is how its
privacy compares to, say, HTTP.
Give a technician a hammer, and soon she'll see nails everywhere.
Why use other tools, if a hammer works so well?
This is pretty much the position that HTTP is in, and this is far
from well-deserved. A healthy Internet requires a plethora of protocols,
all optimised for their particular purposes.