Awhile back, I solicited information on the message size allowed at our
institutions for e-mail. Here is what I received in summary:
- 14 institutions responded
- Total Message Size (including attachments) varies from 300KB to 20MB.
- Average Message Size allowed is 7.7MB
- Raw data distribution:
< 1MB 1 institution
- No institution that responded offered unlimited message size
- Use of Zip utility, ftp, and web-access (i.e., put it on a web
server and give the recipient a URL to retrieve it) were the means
suggested by several for sending larger-than-limit files.
- Some linkage between size limit and the size of standard user mailbox
- Casey Green of the Campus Computing Project sent along this related,
additionally useful information:
"The Campus Computing Project has addressed the issue of email attachments
in the 2002 and 2003 surveys. Date from the fall 2003 Survey:
-- 60 pct of the participating institutions report limiting the
size of email attachments (by sectors, the high is 69 pct in public
universities; low is 48 pct in community colleges)
-- across all sectors, among the institutions that do impose limits on
attachments, the mean file size cap is 1.4 MB.
The 2003 survey also has data on the max. size of student web sites on
campus services: mean = 272 MB (high mean was 867 in private four year
colleges; Low mean was 51 MB in public research universities."
Source: Campus Computing 2003 p. 24 (bottom of the page)
Thanks to all who responded.
Brian D. Voss
Associate Vice President for Telecommunications
Office of the Vice President for Information Technology & CIO
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