[talk-au] [Talk-nz] Able to host a tile.osm.org CDN node?

Grant Slater openstreetmap at firefishy.com
Wed Feb 20 08:46:38 UTC 2019

Hi John,

We have universities, internet exchanges, hosting companies and some
individuals which host servers for us.
The full list is here: https://hardware.openstreetmap.org/thanks/

We fully manage the software and operating system. All config is
managed via our chef https://github.com/openstreetmap/chef . We also
run a local firewall on each server. If physical hardware, we monitor
using it SMART, hp-health, etc and report any hardware issues back to
the hosting organisation.

AWS bandwidth is extremely expensive and is unlikely to be the most
effective way of improving OpenStreetMap. Most of the bandwidth used
by a regional tile cache is "local". We've had hosting and Internet
Exchanges who have appreciated hosting these caches, because they've
then been able to negotiate better peering agreements with others.

Kind regards,


On Tue, 19 Feb 2019 at 22:32, John Bryant <johnwbryant at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Grant, it would be great to have something up and running here. What kind of org usually provides this elsewhere? Unis, companies, individuals? Is there a technical maintenance component required, or is this just hardware? AWS has a Sydney location, would this be a viable option?
> Thanks, John
> On Wed, 20 Feb 2019 at 06:55, Grant Slater <openstreetmap at firefishy.com> wrote:
>> Hi OpenStreetMap Talk-AU,
>> Quick Introduction: I am part of the volunteer Operations team who run
>> the OpenStreetMap.org infrastructure.
>> Our tile.openstreetmap.org CDN would greatly benefit from having a
>> cache server in Australia and/or New Zealand. It would make the
>> default rendered map on OpenStreetMap.org much faster for Australians.
>> The live CDN Country -> Edge Cache Mapping:
>> https://dns.openstreetmap.org/tile.openstreetmap.org.html
>> Know anyone who could help?
>> We're ideally looking for a physical server or powerful VM with 8GB+
>> RAM and at least 146GB of storage.
>> More details here: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Servers/Tile_CDN
>> Our current peak AU traffic is currently around 18,000,000 Bits per second.
>> Full breakdown here in bps:
>> https://git.openstreetmap.org/dns.git/blob/HEAD:/bandwidth/tile.openstreetmap.yml
>> Feel free to contact me off-list if you prefer.
>> Kind regards,
>> Grant
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