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We currently abuse our version control system and use it... pretty much as an FTP to store big release binaries (4+ GB).

We are seeking to move away from this horrendous practice which has and continues to devolve and take more and more of IT's resources while crippling the integration and release processes.

A solution for this would be using P2P file sharing to distribute these release images/binaries, mixing file servers and some key user machines as seeds.

So my question comes in two parts:

  1. Have any of you resorted to setting up BitTorrent in your intranet to distribute release images/binaries?, if not, what do you think about this idea (which was not actually mine BTW, but I think it is great)
  2. Is there open source web-based software for handling publishing of BitTorrent trackers?, so that when there is a new release it can be searchable and display its availability with regards to seeds and leeches? (...you know what I'm referring to)

Edit: The intranet is global (e.g. USA, China, Germany, Mexico). Regular FTP could work but it is not as cost-effective.

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Can you give us more details on how your intranet is set up? Is it across continents, or just across the country/state? –  Serg Aug 17 '12 at 22:24
    
Why don't you setup a regular ftp? Is the traffic you expect too high for it to be feasible? –  scrwtp Aug 17 '12 at 22:33
    
Facebook use BitTorrent for deploying their releases. –  igorw Aug 17 '12 at 22:42

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I like the idea. BitTorrent is possibly the best solution for sharing large files among numerous users devised so far, it's a shame that the stigma it carries will probably continue hampering it's mainstream adoption. Still, many open source projects, including Linux distributions, use torrents as a secondary channel of distribution

You can find several open source trackers on sourceforge, among them TBSource and TBDev.net, current incarnations of popular torrentbits project. Another option is XBTT, although I suspect it might be an overkill for your needs. It has a spartan frontend, but there are third-party frontends available should you need them.

There's also a possibility to take advantage of torrents without having to setup and run a tracker, since torrent clients can operate in a trackerless mode, using a distributed hashtable to exchange peer information. You would still need to share torrent files somehow, but you can setup some simple website/ftp for that in no time, or store them on svn (not an issue since they weigh several kb per file).

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