May 3, 2016

As a long-term NYI partner, FreeBSD first deployed its East Coast mirror at NYI’s data center in 2012 and hasn’t looked back. NYI , a managed IT solutions provider, is owner and operator of enterprise-grade data centers in NY and NJ. With its hands-on approach, NYI has helped FreeBSD experience improved capabilities and higher performance.

The East coast mirror at NYI’s 999 Frontier is also notable because it is a significant upgrade of the FreeBSD Project’s infrastructure. It offers the following advantages:

  • Provides dual-configuration so that experimental vs. production runs can be separated out, allowing changes to the ports system to be evaluated continuously rather than interrupting production flow
  • Deploys to multiple sites, providing resiliency in the event of a failure
  • Provides build capacity required to support continuous ports upgrades needed for binary packages, while maintaining ports-stable regression testing

“NYI has been instrumental in keeping things running smoothly for us, while offering us the benefit of their flexibility and expertise,” commented George Neville-Neil, Board Member of the FreeBSD Foundation. “Having actual FreeBSD Systems Administrators on staff 24x7x365 is very unique for a datacenter, cloud and managed services provider. This offers unmatched capabilities for FreeBSD and *nix users and makes things run incredibly smooth.”

Main Benefits of East Coast Mirror:

  • Enterprise-grade redundancy and reliability for project infrastructure
  • Reduced latency during heavy download times
  • Load-balancing between coasts
  • Up-to-date backups of all project data synchronized via high-speed connections
  • Ability to move services between sites when doing scheduled maintenance
  • Improved FreeBSD package building for end-users
  • IPv6 kernel and package build infrastructure

“FreeBSD has been a critical component of everything we do,” said Phillip Koblence, VP Operations, NYI. “We look upon our work with FreeBSD 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.”

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