Why your compliance scan keeps failing

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At Anchor, a large number of our customers seek various certifications for their hosted properties. These commonly include PCI, IRAP and many others. The business drivers for undertaking a certification programme vary between customers, but often involve the need to meet some form or regulatory or industry compliance requirement. Whilst it may not be the initial driver, the fundamental goal of many of these activities is to reduce business risk by improving security posture. We’ve become accustomed to dealing with auditors to assist our customers in undertaking certification initiatives. Unfortunately, just as in any industry, the quality of service, analysis and rigour that these entities employ can vary wildly. Automated scans Auditors commonly use automated tooling as an initial mechanism when assessing the compliance of a hosted infrastructure against the certification that…

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Avoiding Simple Code Breaks on AWS

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Faulty code remains one of the most common reasons for performance issues and unscheduled downtime. Yet, it is still possible for bad code to make its way into the Production environment, even with testing. Your Production environment is most likely a collection of interlinked servers, load balancers and more. Does it really make sense to test your code on a single sandbox server that doesn’t equate in any way to the real world it will need to operate within? Of course your code performs flawlessly within the simplified, unchallenging environment of a single testing or staging server. But that’s no indication of what may happen upon release when it attempts to mesh with the harsh realities of your full Production environment. Instead, code should be tested in a complete and…

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Tips on Winning the ecommerce Game

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The ecommerce world is constantly changing and evolving, which is exactly why you must keep on top of the game. Arguably, choosing a reliable host is the most important decision that an eCommerce business has, that’s why we have noted 5 major reasons as to why a quality hosting provider is vital. High Availability The most important thing to think about when choosing a host and your infrastructure, is “How much is it going to cost me when my site goes down”. If your site is down, especially over a large period of time, you could be losing customers and profits. One way to minimise this is to create a highly available environment on the cloud. This means that there is a ‘redundancy’ plan in place to minimise the chances…

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Decide on your backup plan before it’s too late!

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Most businesses don’t think twice about taking out insurance policies to protect against various forms of loss, such as workers compensation or public liability. They’re rightly considered a cost of doing business. But what about the cost of downtime? If your website or application is a critical part of your business, you should be taking every precaution to guard against outages in the same way you insure yourself against other forms of loss. The most serious business consequences of downtime are often lost customer registrations, lost sales or frustrated customers. In 2015, one of Anchor’s larger e-commerce customers transacted more than $100 million dollars in revenue through their Magento store. Crunching those numbers means a single hour of downtime equals a potential revenue loss of around $11,415. In reality, the…

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Is your 2017 cloud resolution to grow your online presence?

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If your resolution for 2017 is to grow your online presence, provide a better customer experience or maximising your ecommerce revenue without increasing your workload, then switching your hosting to the cloud is exactly what you’re looking for! Moving your website or web application into a cloud hosting environment means you can take advantage of the latest, high speed, highly available infrastructure to power your application. You can easily ‘scale up’ to meet your growing demands and only pay for what you use, making it more cost effective than the lofty fixed monthly costs of traditional dedicated or virtual servers. One of the biggest mistakes however, is attempting to manage the cloud operations by yourself – highlighted in our Mistakes to Avoid in AWS  EBook. While some car drivers might be…

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AWS Reinvent 2016: Embiggen your business with Amazon Web Services

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Three weeks ago, Amazon Web Services ran their annual love-fest in Las Vegas and it was quite a remarkable week. On arrival, attendees (all 32,000+ of them) were given a shiny new Alexa Echo Dot, Amazon’s latest entrant into the growing market for voice controlled, AI-based smart assistants, a segment that includes Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana. Amazon have now made it clear that they’re taking Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning very seriously, with four brand new, developer-focussed AI related services (Polly, Rekognition, Lex and MXNet) announced during the week. The free Alexa Echo Dots yet another incentive for developers to start building apps that make use of (and ultimately contribute to) Amazon’s efforts in this space. The week was brought to a close with a spectacular party,…

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Digital Transformation, AWS, Agile, DevOps and MicroServices. Oh My!

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Accelerating software delivery has been an important organisational goal for well over a decade, and the new software economy is making it even more so. As I'm sure you've noticed, digital disruption is very real. The past few years has seen profound change across many established industries (with repercussions felt across tens, if not hundreds of thousands of businesses), and it's clear that we're only just getting started. Established companies have to resist the temptation to perpetuate "business as usual", instead remodelling their businesses to create and serve the new kinds of value demanded by customers in a digital world. And if the incumbents don't do it, a new entrant into your market will. "The traditional core competencies of existing companies often become less like industry-defending fortresses and more like deadweight." - Digital to the Core. Mark Raskino and...
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AWS discount vouchers? We can do better than that!

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If you’re looking to reduce your AWS spend, read on. It’s no secret that the range of cloud services offered by providers such as Amazon Web Services brings many benefits to your business. Despite this, complex usage pricing and a huge range of services (around 60 at this stage!) means that it can be challenging controlling your costs. While many organisations move to the cloud expecting to save money, depending on how you’ve set things up you may find you’re spending more than you expected to. And while AWS discount vouchers sadly aren’t really a thing – Anchor has a few simple ways to reduce your AWS costs. You can get a quick fix with the “AWS Caretaker” service – simply link Anchor as your billing provider and you’ll immediately benefit from our volume discounts. We should be able to…

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Australian Internet Conference 2016 (PESA)

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In under 2 weeks, Anchor will be on our way to the Gold Coast for the Internet Conference’s 10th year.  We’ve taken out Bronze Sponsorship and will be exhibiting in the Magento Pavilion within the exhibition hall. The Magento Pavilion has been created to recognise the importance of the Magento platform in creating flexible, scalable e-Commerce solutions, making it the most popular open source e-Commerce CMS in the world. Anchor was the first Magento hosting partner in Australia and will be the exclusive hosting partner exhibiting in this space, showcasing our services including our internationally successful Magento-as-a-Service, Fleet, that sits on AWS. As well as providing more traditional hosting and managed services, Anchor also now provides a suite of services designed to help your organisation accelerate it’s transition towards taking a…

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Magento Imagine 2016 and Magento Cloud

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The Anchor Sales and Marketing Team have returned unscathed and intact from the 2016 Magento Imagine conference in Las Vegas….albeit with lighter wallets as a result of living in casinos for a week. On the back of our Platinum sponsorship in 2015, Anchor attended this years Imagine conference excited to learn more about the Magento community, upcoming changes and basically for a great excuse to catch up with our international (and local Australian) partners. Held at the Wynn Hotel, Imagine doesn’t disappoint. Bringing together 2500+ commerce experts, merchants, agencies and technology partners across 45+ different countries, great food, people, service and events all make for a week of learning and networking – with some awesome after parties. When you’re meeting up with customers and partners poolside, beer in hand with…

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