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I am closing up development on a web site that allows people to watch thousands of videos which are on average 45 seconds in length.

I'll be hosting the web application on Linode, but I'm unsure whether I should use Linode, a cloud file service or a custom server + T1 for serving the videos.

Can anyone offer guidance here?


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A T1 (if we're talking about the same T1) is going to be woefully inadequate for this job. – pk. Sep 23 '11 at 16:12
If you want a custom server, drop it in a colo, you'll need a lot more pipe than a T1. I'd say depends on the scale, if it's a start-up project, go cloud till your income (and demand) matches getting dedicated hardware. – StrangeWill Sep 23 '11 at 17:32
T1 isn't going to cut it. Still, a 45-second really crappy-quality video is an entirely different beast than a 45-second HD video. Get a CDN, or an all-in-one service... (shameless plug ;) – Brandon Sep 23 '11 at 18:23

A hosted streaming service, maybe even using a CDN, seems like a good idea here: A Google search for "hosted streaming plan" would bring up more providers, if necessary.

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