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Would be interesting to read how these giant file serving type sites like rapidshare, yfrog, etc., serve up all that data.

Has anyone read anything about them before?

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Probably bigger than rapidshare are the massive porn sites. There's an interesting article about how they serve bandwidth here: extremetech.com/computing/123929-just-how-big-are-porn-sites –  Mark Henderson May 10 '12 at 20:28
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  1. Sign hosting contract with colo of your choice.
  2. Purchase rack of servers and network gear.
  3. Sign up for a decent internet circuit.
  4. Find thousands of advertisers.
  5. Profit!

Seriously, though, there's nothing "magic" about what they're doing. They're a content provider just like thousands of other companies/websites out there.

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you missed 4.5 ? :) –  Chopper3 Dec 17 '09 at 20:52
    
Heh - I did indeed. –  EEAA Dec 17 '09 at 21:01
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Also, the second tier of traffic heavy sites will often use the services of big CDNs, eg akamai, level3, cdnetworks.

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