You already know that we like to take close look at our traffic to improve our large and growing network
. We also share our findings in the global data flow report
. This time we analyzed HTTP objects flowing through our network.
The graph shows the percentage of overall HTTP objects flowing downstream in our network. Reminder – our network delivers international data capacity from 15 major Internet exchange points to over 100 ISPs in regions where capacity is expensive.
It’s interesting to compare the HTTP objects mix to the capacity volume mix, as we presented in September 2012.
The winner of the HTTP objects contest – Facebook, reaches 4-6th when it comes to volumes. CDNs such as Limelight and Edgecast, contributing significant volumes, apparently do that with much larger objects, hence do not appear on the HTTP objects map.
Dropbox, on the other hand, is an HTTP pump but at relatively low throughput volumes. My guess – HTTP graph provides early hints to the rise of new content pumps. As Dropbox free storage quota grows, we will see more and more traffic from their AS.
Want another hint? I was very surprised to hear today that Amazon’s traffic is balanced. Yes, their incoming traffic is as big as their outgoing. How come? Perhaps it has to do with Dropbox stored on Amazon’s S3.