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Debian Project chooses LeaseWeb to provide global snapshot archive

The Debian Project                                https://www.debian.org/
Debian Project chooses LeaseWeb to provide global snapshot archive
October 14th, 2014             https://www.debian.org/News/2014/20141014

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, to deploy and host their globally available Debian OS
Snapshot Archive with 80 Terabyte (TB) of capacity and ample room to

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

As part of a three-year commitment, 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
provides Debian with an improved user experience thanks to the
additional bandwidth capacity, as well as a direct connection to one of
the world's largest IP networks with more than 4.0 Tbps of bandwidth

Global availability

"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 a 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."

"Currently, this storage platform has a growth rate of about 5 TB per
year, but we can't accurately predict which packages will be updated in
the years to come," added Filipozzi. "In the future we might need extra
storage space, but LeaseWeb Netherlands has provided us with a highly
scalable storage solution and good options for quickly adding large
amounts of additional storage if needed."

Donation to the open source project

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.

The hosting provider is familiar with the open source OS, as a
significant number of its clients run a Debian distribution of the Linux
OS. 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.

"Donations play a crucial role in supporting free and open source
software projects," said Marc Burkels, ManagerBare Metal Servers,
LeaseWeb. "LeaseWeb developers are part of the Debian community, sharing
their knowledge and contributing code back. We want to honor and support
the twenty years of effort put into this rock-solid operating system."

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 free software 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".

About LeaseWeb

LeaseWeb is one of the world’s largest hosting brands, offering on-
demand Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions to over 17,500
customers worldwide, ranging from SMBs to enterprises. Its portfolio of
services include Bare Metal Servers, Public, Private, Hybrid Clouds and

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