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 .
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.
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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