Firewall is a significant drag on download speeds

Intro
This post might be a restatement of the obvious to some, but I thought it was noteworthy enough to measure and mention this affect. I was twiddling my thumbs during a long sftp upload when I began to notice these transfers I was doing went really quickly between some servers, and not so much between others. How to control for all variables except the ones I wanted to vary? How to measure things in such a way that an overworked network technician with vested interests in saying the status quo is “good enough” will listen to you? These are things I wrestled with.

The details

To be continued…

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