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Re: New debian mirror at IIITH

Hey Donald,

I wanted to get a rough estimate of the bandwidth consumption that mirrors in this region have. Luckily, maintenance is not a problem as we have student sysadmins to take care of that.
I just wanted to get an idea of what to ask of my institute so that this may actually be possible. Bandwidth and storage space would definitely be their main concern and people who’ve hosted/are hosting mirrors would be the best people to tell me what these figures would be. 
As for what we want to host, I think it’s going to be just ubuntu for now, depends on what kind of disk space I can convince them to provide if in case we do plan to do this.
Thanks for the advice, it has been noted :)

Amogh Pradeep
Student Systems Administrator

On Oct 27, 2015, at 9:15 PM, Donald Norwood <dnorwood@portalus.com> wrote:

Hi Amogh,

While your school has obviously taken a step to mitigate bandwidth concerns by mirroring internally, along that same point if there is excess bandwidth available to share or host a public mirror I am of the opinion that it is a great gesture back to the community. Most mirror systems are set up by and maintained by volunteers such as organizations, schools, and individuals. Bandwidth, infrastructure, and the costs to maintain those publicly available mirrors are always a concern and the more repositories available help to share the load and the hidden costs, and help provide towards a globally connected network of mirrors is always for the better for everyone who needs access to the software.

And of course, your school/organization does get the benefit of being known as a sponsor for a mirror. I'm not sure of the prestige behind it, but it is nice to see ones company or organization recognized even slightly for their efforts. :)

Debian has a wiki[1] page with information and links to instructions for setting up and joining our mirror network.

Regarding the hardware required will depend on what you plan to offer on the mirror, will it host a single distribution or multiple distributions? Cluster or single server as the host? File system, memory, storage?  And more importantly the available bandwidth that can be dedicated to running the mirror and just who will be responsible for the mirror. There is no point in setting up an unmonitored instance that will be out of date with no administrator to check it or respond to issues about the mirror. So there is a good amount of stuff to think about but none of it daunting, it's general network stuff.

Good luck!


Best regards,

Donald Norwood

On 10/25/2015 08:49 AM, Amogh Pradeep wrote:
Hi all,

I’m Amogh Pradeep, a student systems administrator at IIIT-H(https://iiit.ac.in/). Recently, we decided to set up a local mirror at our college as many of our students use ubuntu and hence mirroring this would save us a lot of bandwidth. I want to convince our faculty here that making the mirror public is a good idea, for obvious reasons, it is, but our college faculty takes some convincing to get anything done.
I send this mail to this list in the hope that someone can respond to it with details of what exactly the requirements of a public mirror would be and the many benefits of hosting a public mirror. I would like to use these points to convince my college to make this possible. 

Amogh Pradeep
Student Systems Administrator

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