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New machine for Debian archive main mirror

The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
New machine for Debian archive main mirror        press@lists.debian.org
February 18th, 2012             http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120218

New machine for Debian archive main mirror

The Debian Project is pleased to announce that the hardware behind
"ftp.debian.org" has recently been replaced, with the help of Studenten
Net Twente (SNT) and HP. The new machine is an 8-core Intel Xeon
machine with 48 GB of memory and a total of 6 TB (on RAID 10) of local
storage. The new server is generously hosted by Studenten Net Twente at
the University of Twente, which was already hosting the old
"ftp.debian.org" machine.

"The amount of new architectures added to Debian recently and the fact
that we now also provide support for non-Linux operating system kernels
caused us to run short on disk space on the old machine. This new
machine should give us enough space for a few years" said Martin
Zobel-Helas, a member of the Debian System Administrator team. "Hosting
Debian hardware at University of Twente has a long tradition for the
Debian Project.", Martin added.

"At SNT, our slogan is "making the net work!" and that's exactly what
we're doing by providing Debian with extra hosting and bandwidth in the
Netherlands. SNT has been using Debian since 1996 for all of its
network managing servers and other services and therefore we kindly
hostkassia, the Dutch FTP archive (ftp.nl.debian.org) and now this new
server klecker" says Tjerk Jan from SNT.

About Studenten Net Twente

Studenten Net Twente was created in 1994 to handle network facilities
provided by ICTS (the IT service of the University of Twente) including
ADSL, campusnet, WLAN, VPN and dialup connections to the university.
Thanks to the expertise of the students manning the helpdesk they
manage to offer support to all network-related problems of students at
the University of Twente. SNT maintains an FTP mirror for major free
and open source projects such as Firefox and Debian, and an IRC server.
It also offers colocation and web hosting to student associations and
other organisations on campus. All these services are maintained by a
group of volunteers who use this experience to broaden their knowledge.

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".

Contact Information
For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at
http://www.debian.org/ or send mail to <press@debian.org>.

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