May 28th, 2009

OSU Open Source Lab gets a big ol’ chunk of bandwidth

OSU Open Source Lab gets a big ol’ chunk of bandwidth

I’m a huge fan of the OSU Open Source Lab down in Corvallis. Not only do they provide an incredibly important resource for the open source community, but their folks are always nice enough to make the trek up to Portland on a regular basis. And it’s always great to have them involved in events like BarCamp Portland and Open Source Bridge.

So when they get good news, I want people to know about it. Today is one of those days.

Today, Wisconsin-based TDS Telecommunications announced that they have donated $1.4 million in bandwidth to OSU OSL.

How much bandwidth is that?

The bandwidth is equivalent to about two-thirds of OSU’s total current capacity for Internet access and will significantly strengthen the capabilities of the OSL, academia’s leading development center for open source software applications and initiatives.

“TDS’ historic commitment to the mission of our Open Source Lab has been transformative. Simply put, we would not be world leaders in open source without the bandwidth support of TDS,” said OSU President Ed Ray. “This increased capacity makes it possible for us to continue to develop the world-class efforts for which OSL is so well known — efforts like hosting Drupal, Apache or Mozilla’s Firefox browser or being principal partners in the One Laptop Per Child Project. The educational opportunities that those projects provide for students are vast — and singular to OSU. We are tremendously grateful, and look forward to working with TDS in the months and years to come.”

In related news, OSU OSL was also the recent recipient of a large infrastructure hardware donation.

The Oregon State University Open Source Lab recently received a large gift in-kind donation from a local Portland company which included approximately 20 servers, two NetApp filers with approximately 14TB of disk space, load balancers, and more. This is a very generous donation which will help the OSL replace aging hardware and expand our current infrastructure to support even more services and open source projects.

For more information, visit OSU Open Source Lab.

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