How ParrotSec improved security and reliability
ParrotSec needed a way to host and distribute its unique operating system that met the security needs of its users while keeping its product free and open. They struggled to find a CDN that could adapt to their unique situation - until they found bunny.net.
by ditching their old mirror network
by accelerating asset fetching
80% lower costs
by setting up a unique pricing model
Parrot Security OS is a free, open-source GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian, designed for security experts, developers, and privacy-aware people. It's a practical toolkit for cybersecurity specialists and a friendly companion for people who want to get closer to the cybersecurity world.
Unlike similar operating systems, it comes pre-installed with coding tools and regularly updates to support popular software. The project started in 2013 as a small, homemade OS, but it quickly saw its base skyrocket to over 200 thousand users.
Parrot needed to support 9000+ downloads – over 102 gigabytes. At first, Parrot relied on volunteer mirror providers to increase their availability. But the mirror provider system created security problems: third parties could overwrite any download, and the Parrot team couldn’t do anything to stop it. Parrot’s bandwidth issue had evolved into a security issue.
Parrot decided to use a CDN, but their early attempts were unsatisfactory. Traditional CDNs were expensive and inefficient. Some couldn’t comply with GDPR. Parrot needed a solution that wouldn’t lock them into costly enterprise pricing while still providing secure, fast, efficient downloads.
"We tried several CDN providers before, and although they were more expensive, they didn't offer the same performance and reliability. After the switch to bunny.net, our users immediately noticed how fast and reliable the downloads became."
Enter bunny.net! We worked with ParrotSec to build an affordable platform to host all of their architectures. With our custom pricing model, ParrotSec saved 80% on delivery costs. Other CDN networks tried to charge ParrotSec enterprise rates for features they didn’t use, but bunny.net offered them a plan built for their unique circumstances at an affordable rate.
ParrotSec needed to host 5 different versions of ParrotOS, so we switched them over to Bunny CDN and Bunny Storage. We put them on a pay-as-you-go rate and only charged them for the service they used. Finally, we created a private Slack channel to give ParrotSec direct 24/7 access to our Super Bunny support team to make sure their service really flew.
Once Parrot switched to bunny.net, the team never looked back. Their users quickly noticed improved service and faster downloads. Complaints about security risks dropped off.
We surprised ParrotSec with faster service on a single bunny.net server than their previous CDN gave them on six. At a fraction of the price. ParrotSec wasn’t being served by major providers - so bunny.net stepped in to fill the gap.
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