Question regarding a large file

Posted October 14, 2016 2.6k views
Ubuntu 16.04Block Storage


I’m currently making plans to use a combo of a droplet with a block storage unit in order to share a reasonably large file over the Internet (30GB file)

This comes from the need of sharing the file between a team of 5 students, but the download method our college provided is very unproductive.

What I plan on doing is as follows:

  1. Download the file to the droplet’s attached volume through a vpn
  2. Provide the file to a handful of users via either ftp or p2p

Are there any policies applyable against this? In what relates to traffic I don’t think it should exceed the order of 200GB.

Best regards,

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This doesn’t violate any policies and sounds like a great, simple use for block storage. I would recommend against FTP as it’s a generally insecure protocol and with 5 users p2p like bittorrent would work but you may not see a lot of benefits from it’s P2P nature. All droplets do have an SFTP service by default and If I were setting this up I would most likely use SFTP or just a web server to share the file.

  • Yeah, when I mentioned ftp I should probably have used sftp to explain, as that’s what I do plan on using.

    I’m mostly concerned about the traffic usage, I do plan to keep the droplet alive for at most a week or two, but idk if the 1000GB transfer cap scales with time or its at that value from the beginning.

    • That should also not concern you. We do not currently enforce bandwidth limits so all plans are essentially unmetered. While this will change at some point in the future we will be communicating about the change to all our users well before any change is made.