Giganews announced last week that they had set a new Usenet milestone, upping binary retention to 300 days, a first for any provider.
Retention time is how long Giganews stores data available without deleting to make room for new content.
“Reaching 300 days of retention is a definite high-water mark for us and for Usenet as a whole,” Philip Molter, Giganews CTO added, “As the industry leader, we are excited to offer such lengthy retention times to our customers, and we continue to work toward our goal of a full year’s worth of binary retention.”
The company added that it plans to up retention time again to one full year (365 days) by August.
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According to Slyck, the newsgroup server Astraweb has increased its retention to 270 days, hopping over Giganews on its way to being the newsgroup provider with the longest retention.
“Astraweb is pleased to announce that we have just completed an infrastructure upgrade to increase our retention and improve our network. Our retention is currently growing towards 270 days from 160 days.”
When the provider will actually hit 270 is still in question though, and whether Giganews will respond is kind is a more important question. On Christmas, Giganews confided they were in the midst of a massive upgrade themselves and that new retention times would be “well beyond 240 days.”
Giganews currently costs $30 USD a month while Astraweb only cost $15.