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== Definition ==
A '''mirror site''' is an exact copy of a [[website]] that resides on a different [[server]], uses a separate communications line and has a separate [[Internet address]]. It is used to provide redundancy and to provide faster access to popular [[website]]s.
 
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A '''mirror site''' (also called a '''mirrored site''') is
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{{Quote|[a] [[proxy server]] acting as a [[cache]] containing duplicated [[data]] from a central [[database]] so as to facilitate more economic and [[reliable]] [[access]] by local [[user]]s.<ref>[[Bits of Power: Issues in Global Access to Scientific Data]], Glossary, at 201.</ref>}}
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== Overview ==
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A mirror site
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{{Quote|is usually created by a [[system operator]] because the [[content]] it holds is very popular and it is [[access]]ed very frequently by a large number of [[user]]s. In such a case, the [[user]] [[access]]ing the [[data]] may or may not know whether he is [[access]]ing the original [[site]] or the mirrored site. The updating of the mirrored site may happen automatically every time the original [[site]] is updated, or it may be done manually by the [[system operator]] of the [[mirror]].<ref>[[Approaches to Content on the Internet]], at 16.</ref>}}
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Mirror sites divert some of the [[traffic]] from the original [[site]]. It is not unusual to find a dozen or more mirror sites of busy [[ftp]] [[site]]s.
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== See also ==
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* [[Mirroring]]
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== References ==
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Latest revision as of 23:10, 1 July 2015

Definition[]

A mirror site (also called a mirrored site) is

[a] proxy server acting as a cache containing duplicated data from a central database so as to facilitate more economic and reliable access by local users.[1]

Overview[]

A mirror site

is usually created by a system operator because the content it holds is very popular and it is accessed very frequently by a large number of users. In such a case, the user accessing the data may or may not know whether he is accessing the original site or the mirrored site. The updating of the mirrored site may happen automatically every time the original site is updated, or it may be done manually by the system operator of the mirror.[2]

Mirror sites divert some of the traffic from the original site. It is not unusual to find a dozen or more mirror sites of busy ftp sites.

See also[]

References[]