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Hosts offering cheap file mirroring service?

Know of any hosts offering this, or should I use free web-space?



1:20 am on Nov 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

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We develop software and visitors can download a free trial of the software over the 'net. The download is not enormous by today's standards, just 1.5 MBytes in size.

Some visitors experience problems downloading the software. I'm wondering how I could mirror the file on other sites located around the world, and on different backbones within the USA.

One way is to submit the file to Simtel, but they take time to update their listings (not good if we are releasing new versions every few months), and they like to ZIP the files, which confuses our users (the download is a self-extracting EXE normally).

I wondered whether any hosting companies provided a service whereby a file can be hosted on a few sites around the world? They would mirror the file around their servers so we would almost always be up to date. Do any companies offer this service cheaply?

Alternatively, I wonder whether I could host the file with free web-space providers. I guess if I did I would be going against their usage policy, since I expect they require that we host web-pages where they can include their adverts?

Any advice, or is anyone doing anything similar?


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