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December 6, 2008

Looking for a few good mirrors

We’ve had so many thousands of downloads of Plex in the last couple months that the cost of hosting via Amazon’s otherwise excellent S3 service is starting to really add up. Cayce has been kind enough to support us with the S3 hosting since the beginning, and we really appreciate it, but we’d like to move to a more affordable, and more geographically distributed solution. We’d like to know if there are people out there with a fast network connection and bandwidth to spare who would be willing to help us out in hosting Plex.

In order to make this easy, we’ve written a few scripts that monitor mirrors, and round-robin between “active” mirrors when providing download links to the Sparkle update checker. So if you have fiber to the curb, but you can only provide us with bandwidth on the weekends, that’s still valuable. Even so, we’re looking to start with a good handful of fast always-on servers.

Other features we’ll likely add are country correlation to provide the closest server, and transfer speed monitoring. Our goal: To get Plex to you, via auto-update, wherever you are, as fast as we possibly can.

So if you can spare us some bandwidth, please us know by dropping us a line at mirrors at plexapp dot com. Please let us know how much bandwidth you would be able to allocate to Plex downloads.

Many thanks!

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