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Re: Realizing Good Ideas with Debian Money




On Fri, May 31, 2019 at 11:32:42PM +0300, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> On Wed, May 29, 2019 at 07:49:25AM -0400, Sam Hartman wrote:
> > So, there were two $300k donations in the last year.
> > One of these was earmarked for a DSA equipment upgrade.
> > DSA has a couple of options to pursue, but it's possible they may
> > actually spend $400k on an equipment refresh.
>
> The information required for an informed discussion on this topic
> is missing.

If we (DSA) elect to puchase HPE equipment for EU that is similar to the
NA equipment that was donated by HPE (blade enclosure, server blades,
10GE switches, FC storage, FC switches - thank you HPE!), then the
(list) costs are as per above.

However, without an HPE donation or discount, we are much more likely to
follow a less expensive approach: pairs of 2U servers with local
storage, etc. Still not cheap but not multiples of 100k.

If a hardware vendor happens to offer a discounts, then we can stretch
the dollars further. We would love to have HPE or Dell or Lenovo become
an ongoing hardware partner; hmu if you can facilitate.

When we last crunched the numbers, maintaining a 5y refresh (to stay in
warranty, etc.) would require $75k-100k/yr. We've avoided that level of
annual expenditure because we are keeping hardware longer than 5y and
we've had amazing hardware [donations][1].

Before you ask: an insecure hypervisor is an insecure buildd.

[1]: https://www.debian.org/News/2016/20161003.

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