Several donations boost reliability of Debian's core infrastructure
October 3rd, 2016
Over the last several months, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), one of Debian's primary hardware partners, has made several large in-kind donations in support of Debian core services. The donated equipment will be deployed in the data centers of multiple hosting partners in Canada, the United States, and Australia.
HPE's in-kind donations will allow Debian:
- to significantly enhance core service availability by deploying four HPE ProLiant BL460c Gen9 Server Blades (in enclosure) and an HPE MSA 2040-based SAN at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver.
- to refresh the primary archive infrastructure (ftp-master.debian.org) by replacing the machines hosted by Brown University with an HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Server.
- to refresh the security mirror infrastructure (security.debian.org) by replacing the machines hosted by ANU, ISC and UMN with HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen9 Servers.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise relies on Debian's technologies
for HPE Linux, a technology standard across the company,
said Steve Geary, Senior Director at Hewlett Packard
We're grateful the Debian project can use
our hardware donation to further improve the reliability
of its infrastructure.
HPE's generous donation of equipment will allow Debian
to refresh the servers that underpin a number of our core
services, explained Luca Filipozzi, member of the Debian
System Administration (DSA) team.
The donation of an enclosure, blade servers, and a SAN will allow DSA to build a virtual machine hosting environment at UBC (CA) that is functionally equivalent to the environment that Debian already has in place in the UK. HPE's hardware donation enables Debian to achieve the high-availability, geographic redundancy, and partner independence in our services that our project colleagues demand and that our users have come to expect.
The refresh of the infrastructure underlying ftp-master.debian.org and security.debian.org is vital to ensure that the project is able to produce and maintain the Debian operating system. The former is an integral component of Debian's automated build environment, used daily by project members for package maintenance activities; while the latter is a critical service for our users as it provides the vehicle by which security updates are made available to them.
It is only through the donation of volunteer effort, in-kind equipment and services, and funding that Debian is able to deliver on our commitment to a free operating system. We are very appreciative of HPE's generosity.
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
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