Two Billion Files and Counting...


It was just last April that I reported breaking the "1 billion files delivered" milestone on Sun Download Center (SDLC). Amazingly, I just saw the November '06 stats, and we have doubled that volume in a mere 8 months --> 2,198,074,973 completed file downloads from November 1-30! (As I noted previously, these are not individual "products" but rather individual files, as many products are composed of multiple files.) The bandwidth figures are pretty impressive as well. I probably shouldn't get too detailed here, but suffice it to say it's many terabytes per day.

The biggest volume driver continues to be Java technology, and I doubt that will be tapering off any time. Java is alive and well, and more and more OEMs are including it on their systems as they ship. Because these systems use Java auto-update (as do all recent versions of Java), whenever we put out a new release and enable it for auto-update, hundreds of millions of computers pull files from our back-end systems. (The same infrastructure that supports SDLC also supports java.com and java auto-update via web service integrations.)

Now I can't help wondering what the December numbers are going to look like, since in that month alone we released another auto-update release of Java SE 5, the major first release of Java SE 6, and the latest update to the Solaris 10 Operating System, version "11/06". Three billion files in December perhaps??

The growth rate is fairly astonishing and certainly an excellent indicator of the escalating adoption rate of Sun and Java Software. And if you're wondering, I'd say we are prepared (and expecting) to see volume continue to double every year or so. For starters, our "next big thing" is a completely new download system that we're working on now. The SDLC application has served us extremely well but the foundation code is now about 8 years old, and a lot has changed since then. It's getting way beyond the "duct tape" stage for keeping it together, so we're building a whole new system. This is very exciting, and I'll be writing more about it over the coming months.

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I helped design, build, and manage download systems at Sun for many years. Recently I've focused on web eMarketing systems. Occasionally, I write about other interests, such as holography and jazz guitar. Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/garyzel

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