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Unity coming to you on faster tubes

June 26, 2009 in Technology | 1 min. read
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Everyone knows the internet is made up of a series of tubes.  Since Unity has such a strong internet component in the webplayer, nothing but the fastest of all tubes are acceptable to deliver Unity webplayers to you and your players.

To harness the power of these tubes, Unity Tech has begun working with a content delivery service called Akamai.  Akamai provides server mirrors with fast connections around the world in order to make sure your downloads are as speedy as possible.  They do this for lots of big, well-known companies that you can see on their web site: http://www.akamai.com/html/customers/index.html

Because this download service affects users globally, we'd like everyone to help us make sure there are no kinks in the system.  If you can spare a moment, we have two tests for you to run.

Test #1: Download the Unity 2.5.0 webplayer installer through Akamai:

 

Test #2: Auto-update from 2.1.0 to 2.5.0 using Akamai

Steps:

  1. Download the 2.1.0 webplayer (not using the Akamai service)
    * For Mac: http://unity3d.com/download_archived_webplayer/2.1.0/webplayer-universal.dmg
    * For Windows: http://unity3d.com/download_archived_webplayer/2.1.0/UnityWebPlayer.exe
  2. Install the 2.1.0 webplayer
  3. Restart your browser
  4. Visit this url to auto-update using Akamai: http://beta.unity3d.com/AkamaiTest/

 

Both test #1 and #2 should be blazing fast.  If you can, please leave a comment about where you're located and your average download speed, we'd greatly appreciate it!

June 26, 2009 in Technology | 1 min. read