The Debian Project, provider of one of the earliest OS distributions in Linux’s history, has chosen LeaseWeb Netherlands, part of global hosting brand LeaseWeb with more than 60,000 physical servers under management, to deploy and host their globally available Debian OS Snapshot Archive with 80 Terabyte (TB) of capacity and ample room to grow.
The Debian OS Snapshot Archive, available at http://snapshot.debian.org, allows access to old software packages accepted into Debian since the operating system’s first release over twenty years ago. The snapshot archive provides developers with access to an immense amount of historical information regarding Debian packages, enabling software development including debugging and patching.
The Debian snapshot archive is growing year-on-year, currently expanding at a rate of more than 5 TB per year. As a result, The Debian Project needed a hosting partner that could support its worldwide infrastructure needs.
As part of a three-year hosting contract, LeaseWeb Netherlands has provided a private rack with storage servers to The Debian Project, housed in one of its data centers located in the Amsterdam region. The solution would provide Debian with an improved user-experience thanks to additional bandwidth capacity delivered, as well as a direct connection to one of the world’s largest IP networks with more than 4.5 Tbps of bandwidth available.
“The OS Snapshot Archive is extremely important for Debian,” said Luca Filipozzi, core member of the Debian System Administration Team. “There are thousands of Debian software packages on the snapshot platform. It contains twenty years of history captured in one single place. If developers don’t have a local repository available, they can easily find an old version from years ago, which makes the archive a valuable asset to them. But to have it all available online on a global base is a big request for most hosting providers. LeaseWeb Netherland’s high-performance infrastructure and global reach ensures that our snapshot archive is available to developers from anywhere in the world.”
As The Debian Project is a registered non-profit open source initiative (under SPI) with thousands of volunteers worldwide, LeaseWeb Netherlands is providing its storage and hosting services free-of-charge – as a donation to the open source project.
LeaseWeb is quite familiar with the open source OS, as around one quarter of LeaseWeb Netherlands’ customer base is running a Debian OS, usually for web servers and mail servers. The remaining three quarters of its clients opt for CentOS, Ubuntu (which is derived from Debian), FreeBSD, or Windows, according to the company.