[GLLUG] Transferring high volumes of data.

JLMS jjllmmss at googlemail.com
Wed Jun 11 00:16:09 UTC 2014


I am wondering what are people out there doing to transfer high volumes of
data (100 GB or more every time) between geographically distant sites.

I started using rsync (over ssh, including using a version of ssh optimized
for performance during file transfers) and got very poor performance (3-7

I started to play with sending data in parallel (going as far as splitting
some files) and although I improved speed by a factor of 3 or 4 times, the
time the transfers take is still unsatisfactory.

I started by opening many instances of rsync and my bottleneck became the
amount of sessions ssh can handle before starting to drop connections, at
the end I had to settle for running around 10 rsync instances, this works
much better but would be considered still slow by the powers that be.

I would appreciate any ideas, pointers, etc that may make possible to
transfer such amounts of data in an efficient manner as possible. I am
looking for expertise in the field rather than assisted googling (although
if you find something very,very interesting I would of course love to hear
about it) :-)

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