Colocation provider NYI has completed the East Coast mirror for the FreeBSD Foundation

Colocation Provider NYI Launches East Coast Mirror for FreeBSD Foundation

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Colocation provider NYI announced on Friday that it has launched the East Coast mirror for The FreeBSD Foundation.

First announced in August 2010, the mirror will replicate key West coast project infrastructure at NYI Bridgewater in New Jersey, the 40,000 square foot data center opened in October 2009.

The FreeBSD Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the FreeBSD open source project and community. Service providers often support open source projects through contributing code, but also through providing infrastructure.

The mirror will provide enterprise-grade redundancy and reliability for the project infrastructure and keep up to date backups of all project data synchronized. During scheduled maintenance, FreeBSD will be able to move services between its East coast and West coast sites.

“This has been a great process,” George Neville-Neil, board member of the FreeBSD Foundation said in a statement. “NYI has been instrumental in keeping things running smoothly for us, while offering us the benefit of their flexibility and expertise. We look forward to sharing the improved capabilities the mirror gives us with the community.”

Other benefits to the mirror at NYI Bridgewater include improved FreeBSD package building for end-users, load-balancing between coasts, and IPv6 kernel and package build infrastructure as World IPv6 Day is just around the corner on June 6.

“FreeBSD has been a critical component of everything we do,” Phillip Koblence, VP operations, NYI said in a statement. “We look upon this launch as our way of giving back to a community whose open source projects have enabled us to craft customized solutions for our customers from the inside out.”

NYI says the East coast mirror is a significant upgrade of the FreeBSD Project’s infrastructure. It provides dual-configuration so that experimental vs. production runs can be separated out, which allows changes to the ports system to be evaluated continuously rather than interrupting production flow.

According to the press release, John Baldwin, Brad Davis, Steven Kreuzer, Mark Linimon, and Simon Nielsen from the FreeBSD Project worked on the build out and configuration of the systems, along with key members of the NYI team.

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