Debian Security Hosting Modification

October 4th, 2005

The Debian project has split the public frontend of to a new machine liberally hosted at Telegraaf Media Groep. By this move internal and external services of the Debian security infrastructure have been split which was a major requirement for future improvements of this service.

After the release of an update to XFree86 (Debian Security Advisory 816) it became obvious that the old machine was not able to properly serve the needs of the large number of users anymore. The outgoing 100MBit/s connection was totally saturated during 70% of the day and the machine was throttling.

Restructuring the security infrastructure has been discussed before the incident last month and will continue until the final setup is installed. The move of the public frontend to a more powerful machine is the first step towards a more flexible and failsafe solution that can deal with high bandwidth peaks better than a single machine only.

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Telegraaf Media Groep N.V. is an independent Dutch media company, best known for publishing the largest daily newspaper in the Netherlands: De Telegraaf.

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