[FoRK] What's that tell you?

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Sat Jun 13 16:32:32 PDT 2009

Got the same transfer rate (1-3KB/sec for hours) on both Verizon DSL and 
Sprint broadband, while on other sites, including Google, Adobe, Ubuntu 
mirrors, my own server near a backbone in S. Cal, were all very fast.  
30-200KB/sec at least, depending on site available bandwidth.  If it 
happens again, I can proxy through another network to test.

If it was a bad cache, it was one that their software chose and stuck 
to, even after 4 restarts.  I stand by my evaluation, although it was a 
single day observation.  Microsoft MSDN downloads on that day were poor 
for me.  Today, it is at about 230-270KB/sec.

I know I've noted slow sites before in the past.  And the painful 
experience that is Sharepoint doesn't help my general impression, even 
though it isn't their web site per se.


Benjamin Black wrote:
> this is extraordinarily unlikely to be an issue of microsoft cdn scale.  the
> traffic for downloads, including msdn, is spread across several cdns,
> including their own.  more likely is either trouble with the specific cache
> to which you are being directed or a transient network issue between you and
> the cache.
> there are all sorts of perfectly legitimate reasons to bash microsoft.
> their expertise in content delivery is simply not one of them.
> b
> On Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 8:01 PM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
>> Downloading from MSDN.microsoft.com for the last several hours has been
>> going at the rate of 1-6 KB/sec.
>> QT SDK from QTSoftware.com, 90-200KB/sec.
>> Sure, the former may be more popular, but they also have infinite money to
>> scale a simple download site.
>> I'll have my app written in C++/QT and Actionscript/Air/Flex before I even
>> get a MS dev environment set up.
>> sdw
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