"The Debian project is looking for sponsors for two new official
services: snapshot and data archives. Both services utilize large
amounts of data and therefore require a capable machine with a
large disk array that provides 10 TB of disk space to start, with
the ability to be easily extended. We'd like interested sponsors to
"The Debian project is hoping for an independent storage array
that can be extended or upgraded without having to reconfigure the
hardware of the server attached to it. A disk shelf based SATA SAN
seems ideal for this application. We envision needing to start with
roughly 10 TB of storage to cover known archives. 12 x 1 TB SATA
drives seems like an ideal compromise between price and
"The snapshot archive is a wayback machine that allows access to
old packages based on dates and version numbers. It will consist of
all current and future packages the Debian archive provides. With
roughly 3 to 4 GB of new packages each day, this service needs a
large storage system to keep up. The current implementation already
consumes 4 TB and provides a valuable service for the
"The ability to install packages and view sourcecode from any
given date in the past is very helpful for developers who try to
fix regressions. Users frequently need an older version of the
software in order to make a particular application run.
"The data archive will contain huge packages that cannot be
distributed through the regular archive due to their sheer size.
The number of free large data packages, such as medical and
statistical data sets, and also game data, is increasing and we ask
for a new service to make them available to Debian users.
"The Debian project plans redundant deployment in two separate
geographical locations for which the Debian project is seeking
sponsors as well. US-based hosting is not possible for legal
reasons, since the snapshot archive also contains older releases,
including the non-US tree, which contains packages which must not
be distributed from within the USA. We envision being able to run
both services on the same hardware, provided sufficient resources
"Hardware requirements for these services are not met by any
available machines in the Debian project. The new hosts should
consist of at least two recent CPUs and 32 GB RAM in addition to a
storage backend that is easily extendable and comes with 12 x 1 TB
disks combined via RAID. These machines should have remote out of
band management included, offering full serial console access and
remote power switch.
"Sponsors will be mentioned prominently on Debian's web server
and may be named on the service web pages as well.
"The current implementation of the snapshot archive is at .
"The Debian project is an organisation of many developers who
volunteer their time and effort, collaborating via the Internet.
Their tasks include maintaining and updating Debian GNU/Linux which
is a free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. Debian's
dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open
development model makes it unique among GNU/Linux
"For further information, please send email to the Debian Press
Team or visit the Debian homepage at ."