jeroen at unfix.org
Tue Sep 5 23:10:00 UTC 2006
John van Oppen wrote:
> we don't run one either... :)
> The last person I know who was running one, was in the proccess of killing it.
Apparently you found some people killing it off, while there are
actually companies who specialize in NNTP access. It seems that for
mysterious reasons which the RIAA and other such organizations
apparently don't seem to understand that these companies are also
causing quite a lot of traffic to be shifted over the internet.
Peeking at for instance http://www.nextfeed.nl/ reveals that there is
one ISP having 40 days retention which apparently maps to 6*50 TB (that
is 300 Terabytes indeed) of storage space, while there are also another
having 50 days of retention, most likely mapping to somewhat like 400
Tb. On average they seem to be shifting in the vicinity of 15Tb/day
though, looking at the number 14 of the top1000.org list.
For hardware freaks it of course gives some nice things like the dutch
newszilla installation: http://wa.ter.net/gallery2/images/newszilla
That single setup already makes quite some small hosting companies drool
out of both corners ;) Networking freaks will love the "Core Juniper 640
handles newszilla traffic" comment <grin>
Otherwise said: if you are setting up a full-nntp-feed capable box,
you'll have to dig nice and deep into that money bag but on the other
hand there seems to be loads of people doing a lot of posting and
reading, where else would the volume of that traffic come from?
For the people trying to find peers, check:
and of course also: http://www.top1000.org/ where even google pops up in
a 4th place.
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