As a member of the NZ flight simulation community, I'm looking to organise some way of distributing freeware scenery for use in desktop simulators. There are existing worldwide file libraries, but they just don't allow for the sort of file size which I'm hoping to be able to handle -- the AVSIM.com library, for instance limits uploads to 500MB, but I'm looking at multiple files 1 -- 5GB. Through my own business I develop and distribute 'payware' scenery for New Zealand, served via AWS/Cloudfront, and while I'm very happy to continue doing that for my own online store, there are plenty of local developers who would produce freeware if there was a free, easy way to get it to users.
A typical release might be of interest to 500 -- 1000 users in the short term, and up to 3000 -- 5000 longterm. Not too sure of the current local interest, there's been a real shakeup in the sim community lately, with our one remaining online community on its last legs... About half my user-base is overseas, so I'd imagine that any freeware would have a similar percentage. Top scenario would be serving 1TB over the first 2 months per release, maybe a couple of new releases per month.
What about torrents? Can someone give me an idiot's intro to this, although I try to do everything myself on my own online store, I'm not that technically competent in anything except flight sim scenery:)
Another option is to build a site which relies on sponsorship/advertising (similar to geekzone!), so what are the cheap options to host this sort of data?