TL;DR: This server based in France Cpu: Intel Atom C2750 2.4Ghz 8 Cores. Memory 8GB DDR3. Storage: 1× 1 TB (HDD SATA) or 1× 128 GB (SSD SATA). Bandwidth: 2.5 Gbps unmetered but fair usage meaning I share the limit with other users in the Rack. VS This server based in London CPU: Intel XEON E3-1320 3.2 Ghz 4 Cores. Memory: 32GB DDR3. Storage: 2× 2 TB (HDD SATA) or 2× 240 GB (SSD SATA). Bandwidth: 1Gbps-unmetred-300 Mbps-guaranteed. For Downloads from the South East of the UK and Uploads to everywhere in the UK. ________________________ I work as a Content Manager for a Cinema in the UK. I'm based in the South East of the country. My job requires me to transfer trailers and adverts across the country from one server to another. A single trailer is usually 3GB big and an advert is usually 1GB or under. An actual movie/feature is usually over 150GB big but transferring these isn't required on my end (Though it would be ideal if I could). All the content I need is located on one server literally 10 metres away from me. Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to modify anything at all on that server or any of the servers I transfer to. I'm not even allowed to physically touch it. All I've been given is an IP, Username and Password for FTP use. What the person before me used to do is use WinScp to FTP into the server next door (the one with the content), download it onto his local system and then upload it to the server that needed it. As he was using an office internet connection and a laptop, it usually to took over an hour to transfer one file. I thought the ideal thing to do would be to buy my own dedicated server. I'd download the files to my server and upload them to the server that needs them. Unfortunately, the UK isn't the best when it comes to bandwidth speed so I thought I would get one in Paris where they have some extremely competitive prices and decent bandwidth. So I got one which is 13 Euros a month. Here are the Specs: Cpu: Intel Atom C2750 2.4Ghz 8 Cores. Memory 8GB DDR3. Storage: 1× 1 TB (HDD SATA) or 1× 128 GB (SSD SATA). Bandwidth: 2.5 Gbps unmetered but fair usage meaning I share the limit with other users in the Rack. Unfortunately, I am not actually receiving 2.5GB/s download speeds. It's more along the lines of 1.5MB/s and that's only when I'm lucky. The upload speeds are a bit harder to pin down as each server is different but I'm sure the distance between the UK and France is doing much to help. The Speeds aren't anything to scoff at of course but I would like the ability to be able to transfer the actual Features files (~150GB) in a pinch. As it is, the download for a feature file takes about 24 hours with the upload taking nearly twice that for one server (And that was one of the better servers). I was thinking of going for the following server instead, based in London: CPU: Intel XEON E3-1320 3.2 Ghz 4 Cores. Memory: 32GB DDR3. Storage: 2× 2 TB (HDD SATA) or 2× 240 GB (SSD SATA). Bandwidth: 1Gbps-unmetred-300 Mbps-guaranteed. 1. What type of speeds will I be looking at? 2. How much of a difference will getting the 2 x 240 GB SSD SATA make instead of the HDD? I don't actually need the full 4TB and could probably survive on 580 GB but the extra space would be nice. 3. Without touching or modifying any of the other servers, is there any way to increase the upload speed by changing the settings on my own server? I would like to iterate that I can't transfer directly from Company Server to Company Server. An Intermediary has to be used and it has to be done by FTP. Alternatively, are there any other providers you guys could suggest for under £50 a month? It's actually coming out of my own pocket but considering how much times it shaves off my work and how much stress it reduces I consider it a worthy investment.