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UMAD: Knowledge, Now

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One of the big problems we face here at Anchor is the weight of knowledge that we carry around. We’ve been in business for almost 15 years, and the amount of information that we’ve acquired in that time is immense, largely due to the fact that we’ve dealt with many different technologies for many unique customers. How things work, how to fix things, how stuff gets done – these things tend to get encoded into people’s brains, and Anchor is no different. Even when it’s written down it can be hard to find that information. This is a challenge because it holds you back. Your ace employees with all the knowledge and experience are often the ones least available to teach new staff, which limits your ability to scale up…

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eCommerce Melbourne Prize Winner

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Congratulations to Guy Cooper from Wave Digital  Guy has won an appleTV just by visiting our booth at The Melbourne eCommerce Expo, which was held last month. We’re always giving away cool prizes at events, so make sure you keep an eye out for us to be in the draw to win. You can keep up to date with our events by signing up to our newsletter, watching this blog, or checking the events page.

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DNS records and DNS management – an overview

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Arthur C. Clarke’s third law of prediction states that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” – a fair description of the elation you feel when after hours of stumbling around in the dark you finally fluke the right DNS configuration change and BAM! – your blog, website, mail server or load balancer suddenly springs into life. Well, that’s true for me anyway! DNS (or the Domain Name System) can be a complicated beastie if you’re not working with it day in and day out; it is however an essential building block that makes the Internet possible and if you have ever tried to get a website online you’ll have had to muck about with DNS records at some point in your life (and probably will again!). The role…

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What is cloud storage?

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Storage ain’t storage anymore – not in the world of web hosting anyway. Long gone are the days of servers writing to locally installed hard disks; cloud storage is abstracted from the physical server itself, instead residing on a high-speed network of distributed storage clusters. These clusters contain gazillions of hard drives which automatically replicate your data between different nodes for safety, scalability, performance and ease of management. Storage can be consumed using one or more different interfaces depending on its suitability to the task at hand. Anchor’s distributed storage system is built using Ceph – and we love its speed, flexibility and industry leading reliability. Here’s an overview of the different ways in which Anchor’s storage platform can be consumed and why you might use one interface over the…

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Click Frenzy – The sale that stops a nation. Is your website ready?

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At 7pm sharp on Tuesday the 19th of November 2013 (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time) Click Frenzy is back, featuring a huge range of killer deals across all categories from top retail brands. This frenzy includes many retailers who have their websites hosted with Anchor, including Booktopia, Costume Box, Toyworld and Paddy Pallin. If your online store is participating in this event, you need to make sure it’s ready to cope with a large surge of shoppers hitting your site all at once. It is quite clear from previous events that this online shopping festival will again drive a huge amount of traffic. If you’re participating, there is only one thing you should be worrying about at sale time – fulfilling all the orders! Anchor specialises in providing hosting solutions that can scale quickly and cost-effectively. If you’re concerned…

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AppleTV Winner

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Congratulations to Alexander Stamp from CloudHerd  Alexander has won an appleTV just by visiting our booth at Tech23, which was held last week. We’re always giving away cool prizes at events, so make sure you keep an eye out for us to be in the draw to win.

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Tech23 Prize Winner

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Congratulations to Ken Macken from Ollo Mobile who has won Anchor’s legendary server management award! This prize includes a fully-managed VPS for 12 months with New Relic Pro, located in one of our US or Australian data centres, worth $7000.   For the full list of winners from the event, visit the Tech23 website. Being the generous Anchorites that we are, we were also giving away an apple TV to one attendee who visited our booth. Stay tuned to our blog this week to find out who the lucky winner is!

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Anchorites in NZ!

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  Two of our Anchorites – Katie and David – have travelled across to New Zealand to attend this years Open Source Developers Conference, which is one of the top conferences for developers in the Asia Pacific region. After 10 years, this is the first year that the event has crossed the ocean to NZ. If you’re attending, make sure you find one of them to say hi (or kia ora which is hello in Maori).

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Using a custom domain name with Gmail

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We’re often asked about email hosting here at Anchor. We used to offer it with our shared web hosting plans but it doesn’t really make sense for us to provide email hosting anymore, given the immense capabilities of hosted services such as Gmail and our focus on building and managing cloud hosting solutions. “But wait! I don’t want a Gmail address!” You don’t have to. If you want to use a custom domain name with Gmail, it’s relatively simple to configure Gmail to use a domain name that you already own — no-one ever need know that Google is providing the service. Instead of using “yourname@gmail.com” you can use “yourname@yourdomainname.com” yet continue to use the awesomely powerful Google Apps infrastructure! Why would I want to use Gmail instead of having <your current email host> provide my…

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Web Awards Finalist Showcase Tonight

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There’s only a few hours left to secure your spot at tonights Port80 event, showcasing 4 of the finalists from the AWIA Web Awards. The finalists include: Salvation Army Aged Care Plus GoGet Car Share Sochi 2014 Australian Olympic Winter Team Australian Financial Review The event will be held at King St Brewhouse from 6pm, and tickets can be purchased here. This is a black tie event, and your ticket includes canapés and a drink upon arrival. Let’s give those who were gutsy enough to enter a night to remember!

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