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From: "Robert Blayzor" <rblayzor () thebiz net>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 11:20:28 -0400

It is worth remembering that SMTP is, in most respects, simply
FTP reworked.
In many ways, HTTP is FTP badly reinvented.

But for a little extra SMTP handshaking at the start, there is no
difference in transfer rate between SMTP and FTP.  Probably the same is
true for HTTP though I've not looked.

I think you missed the fact that sending files via SMTP is incredibly
inefficient.  Any files sent via SMTP have to be encoded which can balloon
the transmission up 30%+.  That is an incredible waste of bandwidth on a
10MB file.  Also, remember that SMTP usually relays, so the message is
bounced between 1-8 servers along the way (or more), more bandwidth and
resources wasted. *sigh*

Robert Blayzor         IP Network Engineer, BOFH     BiznessOnline.com, Inc.
rblayzor () thebiz net          noc () thebiz net           http://www.thebiz.net/

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