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I am going to discuss some impartant information about “Space consumption in network after sending a mail”

I have some questions here:

1. What will happen in network after we send a mail or chain mail (with / without attachment) ?

2. Did any body have idea of  space consumption in network after sending a mail or chain mail (with / without attachment) ?

3. Why we should avoid sending unneccesory mails / chain mails?

4. What are the major issues we can face due to chain mails (with / without attachment) ?

5. What we can contribute to corporate network / servers ?


Let me tell you in detail:

Most of the users have the hobby of sending chain mails…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It may be in form of Morning wishes, Birthday wishes, Festival wishes, New year wishes, Christhmas wishes, Seasonal Greetings & many more ……………

I suggest users to avoid distributing email lists (or chain mails) as email attachments for reasons of security and efficiency. Since we live in a web enabled world, it makes sense to distribute documents via the web.


There are consistently 160 to 200 users on corporate network and the size of any document you send as an email attachment will be multiplied by the number of users on the list. Thus even a small attachment sent to an email list can consume large amounts of disk space and network bandwidth and make reading email via a modem very slow.

For example:

lets me say, we wanted to send a Attachment/Document/Greeting that has a size of only 350k or 350,000 bytes.

Multiplying this we get,

160 users x 350,000 bytes (~350k) = 56,000,000 total bytes, or 56 million bytes or 56 MB.

This means that a single small document will consume 56 megabytes of disk space on all the combined email servers where this email travelled through to destination account or inbox, i mean sent email normally travells 5-6 servers, routers, switchs, hub, bridges, firewall etc till the destination inbox. In all places the copy of the mail will be kept under buffer.

These above figures refers to the EMC2 – Clariion / Symmetrix datacenters, i calculated this when i was in MS Engineering LAB on Information Storage & Management on EMC2 – Clariion / Symmetrix datacenters.

There will be very small difference will be with other data centers, but the space consumption for most of the mail range for 45 MB to 60 MB normally.

Many email accounts on the Internet impose disk quotas on email accounts. This means that a single email message with a large attachment could completely fill someone’s INBOX preventing them from receiving further messages.

Some email servers will not accept documents over a certain size (often 10 megabyte), so a large document may not reach some people who need it.

Modem users will have to wait for attached documents to be downloaded before they can read their other messages.


Viruses are increasingly being sent to mailing lists and it is a good idea not to trust email attachments being sent to mailing lists. Sending a URL is a more trustworthy means of transmitting data to multiple users.

Why? Because a known web server is generally a trusted location. A document that has been deliberately placed on a trusted web server ensures that a document has not been:

(a) re-sent by a virus or worm (without the sender’s knowledge);

(b) tampered with by others before re-transmission;

 (c) infected by a virus before re-transmission.


I suggest that users copy the text from a word processor and paste it into an email message if possible. Plain text is always smaller than word processor documents because word processor documents add extra information such as printer driver and font info, page layout data, etc. Plain text is safe and generally cannot be infected by a virus.

If a rich-content message needs to be sent via email (images, fonts, formatting, etc.), please place Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other documents on a web server and send the URL only via email. For example,,  one can simply copy/paste the URL (web address) of a document into an email message, making sure to type the http:// at the beginning of the address, and most email readers will turn it into a clickable link in the body of the email message after sending.

(1) Email messages with a link (instead of an attached file) will be smaller, transfer faster, and consume less space in each user’s inbox.
(2) Placing a document on a web server is generally safer than using an email attachment since many viruses spread via email.
(3) Email servers will not have to store large numbers of duplicate documents.
(4) All users on the list will not be forced to download your file, only those that need it!
(5) When a user wants to look at your document, it’s only a click away and can be easily archived and bookmarked on the web


Take precautions, avoid network jam…………