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Download Mirrors
« on: February 18, 2008, 10:29:02 AM »
Thanks to Network Redux and Ubiquity Hosting Solutions, Simple Machines now has two offsite servers available.  These servers are being used, in part, as download mirrors for our public release packages.

The Portland, OR server, provided by Network Redux, has been mirroring download packages for a few weeks now with great success.  Our Chicago, IL server, donated by Ubiquity Hosting Solutions, is current serving as a secondary nameserver and will soon become a fully operational download mirror.

Our primary goal as we design and implement our network of download mirrors is to require no additional effort on the part of the user.  In that light, requests are being distributed to an automatically chosen mirror with no user intervention required.  Currently, with only one mirror running, the choice is easy to make.  As we bring more mirrors online, download requests will be randomly distributed among the currently available mirrors, resulting in relatively uniform load distribution.

Why not use geo-targeting to choose a mirror?  While we haven't entirely ruled this out, with two mirrors currently on the horizon - both located in the US - any form of geo-targeting is currently not practical.  This issue will be re-addressed in the future as more geographically dispersed mirrors are introduced.

As a user, you will notice very little change in experience.  Once your download request is fulfilled, you will be presented with a "Thank You" page, which indicates the mirror serving your request.  In the event your download request is unable to be fulfilled by the chosen mirror, simply clicking the "Please Try Again" link will allow a direct download from our own servers, located in Atlanta, GA.

It should be noted that only publicly available packages are currently being mirrored.  Charter member releases are served directly from the Simple Machines servers.

Again, Simple Machines would like to thank Network Redux and Ubiquity Hosting Solutions for providing us with much needed relief for our download servers.

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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2008, 10:36:29 AM »
Fantastic.

Its nice to see as SMF grows its capacity is increasing aswell.
(and weeks/months before 2.0 is public, when I imagine there will be a big onslaught of people trying to obtain it) ;)
« Last Edit: February 18, 2008, 11:40:29 AM by karlbenson »

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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2008, 10:39:32 AM »
Great! :)

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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2008, 01:44:10 PM »
Good to know. Thanks

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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2008, 01:44:49 PM »
Great to see SMF is growing and thanks to our mirror providers! :D
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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2008, 01:49:00 PM »
Fantastic.

Its nice to see as SMF grows its capacity is increasing aswell.
(and weeks/months before 2.0 is public, when I imagine there will be a big onslaught of people trying to obtain it) ;)

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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2008, 04:23:58 PM »
Well thats great that SMF now has mirrors and will keep SMF from going down due to high demand of SMF :D

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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2008, 04:28:41 PM »
P.S I am also very appreciative that the mirrors aren't setup like SourceForge.

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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2008, 05:35:35 PM »
(and weeks/months before 2.0 is public, when I imagine there will be a big onslaught of people trying to obtain it) ;)

exactly. out of all the websites i visit. its the forums i visit that bug the hell out of me when they are down/sluggish/buggy...

google could be down for all i care.. but smf starts to act up. im pullin hair!

so this is great news for my short temper with slow forums  :P

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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2008, 05:37:56 PM »
Well thats great that SMF now has mirrors and will keep SMF from going down due to high demand of SMF :D
Yeah we hope that will be the case.  Additionally, some time in the near future I'll be making a static HTML file that has links to the current SMF packages on each mirror.  The file will be free to pass around so hopefully if our main servers go down then someone will have links directly to the mirrors for people to get the files.

P.S I am also very appreciative that the mirrors aren't setup like SourceForge.
SourceForge was my inspiration of what not to do.

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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2008, 05:55:22 PM »
SourceForge was my inspiration of what not to do.
;D Yep, when I seen download mirrors, my first reactions were "Awesome. Oh wait, I hope they don't make us choose all the time". And then I checked and was happy again ;)

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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2008, 10:17:02 AM »
Good to know.
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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2008, 04:50:14 AM »
If you want "Thantos" I can create that static HTML file you are speaking about. It should not take much time for me to create it. Plus I can keep it to the SMF design so no one would be the wiser.

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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2008, 08:41:49 AM »
I've already created it, just need to double check it.  I've just been forgetting to do finish it up.

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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2008, 03:05:02 AM »
Cool... lets hope SMF will be greater than ever (today)...

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« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2008, 04:33:36 PM »
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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2008, 05:22:34 AM »
Thats great to hear. I recall the days when we used to upload the packages to simplemachinesforum.org when the site was down :)
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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2008, 04:30:22 PM »
I have a mirror in my bathroom!

not sure, but I think it qualifies as a "download mirror" as well.
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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2008, 11:53:20 PM »
THANKS

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Re: Download Mirrors
« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2008, 03:29:38 AM »
naci capability,,,,,,,,,,,,, :D