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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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Cloud Servers – cheap, fast & reliable?

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One of the things the cloud has taught us over the past few years is to expect outages. Lots of them. Many of those outages have been pretty big! This is because in the world of public cloud (aka. Infrastructure as a Service), running servers in reliable, physical data centres has been replaced with a new concept; that of running cloud servers in Availability Zones. Which is fine, so long as you understand the implications and can configure your website or application to operate optimally in this type of environment. Don’t get me wrong, cloud servers have a lot going for them. It’s just that while they solve many problems, they also introduce a few biggies of their own and you really should be across the pros and cons before jumping on the…

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