Using Cloudflare Workers for improving upload speeds
We are an end-to-end encrypted photo service, and we were able to ship an improvement to make uploads faster for our customers ⚡️ This post explains the small but important change.
How uploads happened before
When uploading a file, we fetched a list of URLs from the server to
PUT files to. Then, the encrypted files / file parts were uploaded to those URLs, that are hosted on storage servers located in Europe.
We noticed that this could be improved by proxying data through Cloudflare Workers that are deployed across the world, there by ensuring proximity to our customers. There was also the added advantage of Cloudflare's great network speeds.
How uploads happen now
Now, we upload the same encrypted file / file parts to the Cloudflare Worker rather than directly uploading to our servers in Europe. The Worker then uploads these to our servers.
Even though this has increased the complexity of uploads on the backend, this has made our uploads faster due to the Workers being closer and having greater network speeds. This gain is even more pronounced for large multi-part uploads.
We got the following results from a sample test using the same set of files:
|2.60 MB||5.379 seconds||4.119 seconds||23.42%|
|2.75 MB||4.345 seconds||5.6 seconds||28.88%|
|3.38 MB||8.136 seconds||8.174 seconds||0.46%|
|23.60 MB||23.159 seconds||21.168 seconds||8.60%|
|141.70 MB||119.21 seconds||82.018 seconds||31.20%|
|354.40 MB||306.75 seconds||217.76 seconds||29.01%|
A small change, but faster uploads! 😊
Cover image: Julian Hochgesang
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