Thursday, 17 November 2016 04:01

Dropbox boosts sync speed with network improvements

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Sync and collaboration provider Dropbox has revealed changes to its network infrastructure that can significantly improve synchronisation performance.

Dropbox has established 11 points of presence around the world, with five in the US, three in Europe, and Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan in APJ.

The company has also set up a metadata proxy server in Sydney to benefit Australian users.

By locating data closer to users, these changes mean syncing is now up to three times faster, the company claimed.

Dropbox APAC head of solution architecture Daniel Iversen said the latency optimisation means users in Australia can expect to see up to 50% faster downloads and 100% faster uploads

In related news, Dropbox has instigated an open and free of charge peering policy allowing ISPs to connect to the company's network to further improve performance for joint customers.

More than 400 ISPs around the world are already participating in the program, including Vocus Communications in New Zealand.

Asked about Australian participants, Dropbox ANZ managing director Charlie Wood told iTWire that "one of the telcos" is a peer.

"Anyone can sign up for peering with us," explained Iversen, providing they meet certain bandwidth requirements.


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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