Tales of Hardware – IBM x3650

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All the servers Anchor buys are from Supermicro. Most people won’t have heard of them, but they’re a sizeable hardware vendor that also does some OEM gear. Supermicro certainly doesn’t carry the mindshare of other big brands like HP, Dell, et al., but we chose them because their stuff is reliable and affordable – we […]

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Firewalling VMware ESX for console access

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One of Anchor’s more recent product offerings is VMware-based virtual private servers. As one of my colleagues has already detailed, we take extra measures to secure the VMware host server to reduce the possibility of a compromise. Our VPS offering uses VMware ESX, which runs on bare metal and doesn’t have a host operating system. […]

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Unicorns and Rainbows

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Unicorns and rainbows are a serious matter for sysadmins and geeks in general. They represent a state of tranquility and nirvana. Microsoft aspires to let us all live in a wonderful happyland with rolling green hills and springs of crystal-clear water. ‘Tis a place where unicorns roam free and rainbows grace the horizon like technicolour […]

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