Data is getting larger and larger. Upload speeds are also increasing. TransferXL enables you to use 100% of your bandwidth to transfer your data as fast as possible.
Below are some trends that are increasing the speed of the Internet:
- Rollout of glass-fibre techniques bring upload speeds up to par with download speeds, easily allowing up to 100s of Mbit/s or even 1 Gbit/s for regular home usage
- Even for mobile communications, 4G upload speeds often significantly beat the upload capacity of older ADSL techniques
Impact of upload speed
As an example, a 10 GB transfer at 125 Mbit/s upload takes about 10 minutes compared to almost 2 hour at a speed of 12.5 Mbit/s. By taking full advantage of your upload speed TransferXL gets your data at your destination 1.5 hours faster.
Even when you have the upload capacity, there are many services that take no advantage of higher upload speeds so you are not getting any benefits.
TransferXL offers more advantages. Due to the on the fly zipping nature of TransferXL the download is immediately available once your upload is completed. This is unlike some other services that have long intermediate steps and processes in order to create a zip file before they will send you a download link.
Compression of the data before uploading can give more performance. For instance (alpha)numeric text data can regularly be compressed several times (e.g. going from 100MB uncompressed to 30 MB compressed). This directly translates into 3x faster upload and download times.
Note that although some other services offer similar compression on the server (in the cloud), this still means that you upload uncompressed and therefore are only speeding up the download.
To be fair most photos and videos are already compressed and cannot be compressed any further. There are however also some notoriously poor image formats such as TIFF or TARGA where you can still experience significant speedups.