Cloud storage offers a popular environment for users to store and share content. Yet, content sharing leads to multiple downloads of the same content when users synchronize devices. These downloads contribute to bandwidth waste and increase server workloads. To what extent does this occur? Would network caches alleviate the problem? The authors address these questions by investigating the traffic generated by Dropbox, a popular cloud storage service. Using data collected from four networks, they show that a large fraction (57-70 percent) of downloads generated by Dropbox users is associated with content shared among multiple devices. Moreover, despite optimizations such as the LAN Sync protocol, up to 25 percent of Dropbox download traffic comes from content replicas. The authors then evaluate an alternative synchronization architecture that uses caches to offload storage servers from such downloads. Their experiments show that the approach cost-effectively avoids most repetitive downloads, benefiting service providers, the network, and end users.
|Titolo:||The Impact of Content Sharing on Cloud Storage Bandwidth Consumption|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1109/MIC.2016.89|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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