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Sarah Wilson

How Important is Hosting Location? Questions to Ask Your Hosting Provider

By | Cloud Computing, General | 5 Comments

The importance of your hosting partner location will depend on your organisation’s requirements and your business needs. For a small business focussed on a single country with fairly low traffic, starting with shared hosting, or small virtual private server is generally the most cost effective place to host your site.  Hosting your site or web application in the same geographical location as your website visitors reduces page load times and latency (the lag between requesting data and receiving it) and will greatly improve user experience. If you are running a business critical website or ecommerce application, or have customers or visitors from various global locations, then incorrectly placing your website in an unsuitably located data centre will cost you much more than a monthly hosting fee! Does the Location of My Hosting…

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Magento Imagine Round Up

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When it comes to Magento, what happens in Vegas certainly doesn’t stay there! This year the Magento Imagine conference was yet again, no exception to the rule.  This year we, and over 2500 attendees heard the likes of Tennis pro, Serena Williams and Magento CEO, Mark Lavelle discussing the importance of thinking differently and outside the box. Missed out on the event? Here’s what some of our partners had to say about Magento Imagine:   Daniel Mylnikov- Head of Solutions Delivery at eWave, the Magento APAC  Partner of the Year at this year’s conference. A highlight of the conference were  the breakout sessions on Magento Business Intelligence, The Future of Active Magento Cyber Security and the Special Preview: See New Magento B2B Capabilities in Action.   Derek Nolde the Enterprise Sales Director at Section.io, said, “It was…

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The Importance of a CDN: Speed and Security

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Many Anchor customers ask us for assistance with getting the best performance out of their website. Website performance is a complex topic to which there are many contributing factors:   from a hosting perspective, these can be as simple as underpowered infrastructure or over-contention, but geographic location and latency can often come into play as well. Having your site hosted in a modern, high-speed environment with world class managed services provides a solid foundation for your website. Utilising a Content Delivery Network (CDN) as well can assist in giving your website an extra boost in speed and performance. Anchor is an official partner with Cloudflare; a global Content Delivery Network designed to optimize security, performance and reliability. Cloudflare offers robust CDN capabilities in addition to other security services including DDoS (Distributed…

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Free Your Time: Why Outsourcing AWS Management is Vital!

By | General | One Comment

While most drivers are capable of carrying out a few basic car maintenance tasks, the majority wouldn’t attempt to reconfigure the clutch or modify the engine, no matter how many YouTube videos or handy guides there might be. Sending the car to a trusted mechanic not only saves a great deal of time and stress—often worth the fee alone— but also gives us the confidence that it is done RIGHT. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is incredibly powerful, flexible and complex. When a competitive advantage can rely on squeezing every last ounce of performance or uptime from your infrastructure, expert help can make a massive difference that can easily justify—and often more than repay— any management fee. Plus, a certified AWS partner may have access to economies of scale that allow…

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux & CentOS 5 End-of-Life

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and CentOS 5 reaches end-of-life at the end of March, 2017. This means that maintenance will cease, and there will be no further updates to any software installed via vendor packages. Although this change has no immediate effect on current services hosted by Anchor, it does mean that Anchor or any other hosting provider, can no longer make the same security guarantees. This means that any future vulnerabilities, detected in packaged software or the core operating system, will not be patched. Anchor recommends that anyone still running these, or any previous versions, should migrate to a new machine running a supported operating system, such as CentOS 7, which is the current stable release. This process involves building a new machine, testing and migrating all of the…

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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

By | eCommerce | One Comment

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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We’re at Magento Imagine 2016!

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April 11th- 13th, Las Vegas, USA The Magento Imagine conference is in its sixth year of connecting global ambassadors and businesses to the ‘eCommerce ecosystem’. This year, it will bring together over 2 500 Magento ecommerce inspired merchants and technology providers from over 45 countries who will not only collaborate but also enjoy a once in a lifetime experience in the fast moving Las Vegas. Anchor are excited to announce that they will be attending Imagine for the 2 nd year in a row, excited to connect and learn about what is happening with other Magento specialised companies around the world. This year, the keynote speaker is, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, whose keynote speech will focus on what strategies he used to not only be an MVP on the court but…

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Anchor partners with CloudFlare

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Anchor is proud to announce a new partnership with CloudFlare. CloudFlare is a global CDN (Content Delivery Network) and DNS (Domain Name System) provider that helps to increase website performance and security. Further, it helps to keep web pages (especially with ad servers and third party widgets) quick on mobile phones, tablets and computers. CloudFlare routes web traffic through their intelligent global network. This allows them to automatically optimise the delivery of the customer’s web pages to ensure that the pages have the fastest load times and performance figures. Additionally, routing through the CloudFlare network blocks threats and limits bots from wasting the customer’s bandwidth and server resources. On average, a website using the CloudFlare network; Loads twice as fast Uses 60% less bandwidth Has 65% fewer requests to deal with Is far…

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