I am interested in scheduling the copying and sending of large files over the internet from one server to another. The servers are not on the same network.
I do not know about all of my available options for solving this issue, but a couple protocols/specifications with which I am vaguely familiar which may be useful for this task are (1) FTP and (2) bittorrent.
I have used Filezilla before for manually sending large files between groups of servers. There are no scheduling capabilities of that particular FTP application, so it will not suffice for meeting my scheduling requirement. Ideally, I would like to accomplish this task using something more programmatic (non-GUI-based), and not proprietary (like a for-pay application).
I am already using Python scripts which run on a scheduled basis which perform other operations on a group of servers. The servers are running Windows and the scripts are automated via the Windows Task Scheduler. If I could send files via FTP using Python, that would be ideal for me specifically because I could just throw the FTP code into what I have already got working and scheduled. However, I briefly tried toying with Python's “ftplib” and could not make heads or tails of it. So, before I attempt to go down that path, I wanted to post here first.
I am uncertain as to whether I should pursue a FTP-based approach, so I would like some recommendations on that. Also, I do not really care what programming language I use for this task, although I would slightly prefer Python, as it seems like a natural choice since I am dealing with server-side scripting. I would like recommendations on that too.
As this is my first serverfault post, you can probably imagine I am mostly clueless about many of the topics mentioned above. Thanks in advance.