A Bytemark donation boosts reliability of Debian's core infrastructure

April 4th, 2013

Earlier this week, Debian started deploying machines for its core infrastructure services which will be hosted in a new data centre in York, UK. The hardware, generously donated and hosted by Bytemark Hosting, consists of a fully-populated HP BladeSystem (containing 16 server blades) and several HP Modular Storage Arrays (providing a total of 57 TB).

Bytemark's servers have relied on Debian since the day we started the company in 2002, and it was always an embarassingly good deal. We've tried to repay it through sponsorship of the annual DebConf gatherings, and through publication of Symbiosis (our own packages to make Debian easier for hosting tasks), explained Matthew Bloch, co-founder of Bytemark. While we can't match the unpaid efforts of the project's thousand of volunteers, we're at least happy to be providing such a substantial part of Debian's infrastructure. Debian's success will continue to spur Bytemark's.

This significant hardware and hosting donation will allow the Debian Systems Administration (DSA) team to distribute Debian's core services across a greater number of geographically diverse locations, and improve, in particular, the fault-tolerance and availability of end-user facing services, said Luca Filipozzi (DSA team member). Additionally, the storage component of this donation will dramatically reduce the storage challenges that Debian currently faces. Our plan is to move several storage-intensive services to Bytemark, he continued. It is only through donations of time, goods and funds that the 100% volunteer Debian Project is able to operate the critical infrastructure necessary to support its work. Further details of which services will be moved to this new equipment will be provided soon on the debian-infrastructure-announce mailing list.

About Bytemark

Bytemark has been the UK's nerd hosting outfit of choice since 2002. It has a history of building its own technology including BigV, a new command-line cloud hosting platform, and Symbiosis, a set of packages to make hosting on Debian even easier. The company powers tens of thousands of domains around the world, and sponsors hosting for hundreds of important free software projects including Debian, LibreOffice and XBMC.

About Debian

The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly free community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of the largest and most influential open source projects. Thousands of volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain Debian software. Available in 70 languages, and supporting a huge range of computer types, Debian calls itself the universal operating system.

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