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Anchor’s New Colocation Fit Out – Stage Two

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Our new colocation space will be ready to go very soon! In the last couple of days we’ve had the new racks installed and the basic network infrastructure connected. The power rails in each rack will be powered up on Friday, and the network hardware will be installed. We expect to have live equipment in there in less than a week. This will mostly be a photo post, they speak for themselves. To keep things interesting we’ve got photos of some of the high-level building infrastructure. This is the heavy-duty, redundancy-everywhere stuff that keeps you up and running, guaranteed. If you’re interested, follow the link on each photo; there’s a little more detail on what you’re looking at. You can see most of the new floorspace and racks in the…

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The 800lb Gorilla Knows Where Your Website Lives

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If you run a website for commercial purposes, you know that the only way it’s going to provide you with benefit is if people actually visit it. Regardless of what sort of site it is (brochure, company promotion, online store, etc), if nobody’s actually loading the pages, your site may as well not exist. One way or another, you need to drive people to your site. There are many different ways to get people to visit your site, and different strategies work for different sites. TV advertising, for example, has become popular in the last couple of years, to entice people to just visit the site. Other traditional forms of advertising, as well as online banner or text ads, are also popular. Putting your website name on your stationary and…

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Anchor’s New Colocation Fit Out – Stage One

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Anchor’s colocation requirements have been growing steadily over the past few years, so we’ve recently taken the plunge to significantly increase our total datacentre floor space which will allow for many new racks. At this point we’re in the early stages of fitting out the suite, so we thought it an ideal chance to give our readers some insight into the process of fitting out a data centre. The plan is to produce a new blog post for each step; and, of course, take plenty of pretty pictures along the way! You can see above a few of the shiny new extra-wide racks that have already been delivered. The keen-eyed might also be able to see the tape marking the locations of the first few racks to be powered up…

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Windows 2008 Hosting Now Available!

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If you’re familiar with the hosting services provided here at Anchor you’re probably aware that we’re big fans of Linux and open source software in general.   That said, it may come as a bit of a shock for you to realise that we’ve actually been doing Windows hosting for quite a number of years now. It all started with a couple of isolated dedicated servers running Windows back in 2004…Since then we’ve deployed a shared Windows hosting server which is now running hundreds of websites and taken on multi-server Windows hosting environments. One thing that has been interesting to note whilst making this transition; sure a lot of us here would prefer to be working with Linux systems, but, at the end of the day, the principles behind running robust,…

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Can Web Hosting be “Australian Made”?

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This morning as I made my way up the escalators from Wynard station in the city something caught my eye that had kind of been on my mind this last week. It was the very well recognised Australian Made logo, only it was tattooed on a young girls arm. As proud an Aussie as I am, and admittedly not the tattoo type of person, and as cool as it did look it was hard to avoid the cliched “she’ll regret that one day” thoughts. The tattoo experience got me thinking though, can web hosting be Australian Made? and what is the real difference between Australian hosting and overseas hosting? As an Australian based provider we obviously only use Australian labour, that’s a big part of what we do. Our offices…

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Silicon Beach Australia

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As a hosting provider, we quite often seem to the be the starting place for many budding online entrepreneurs adventures. We’ve heard the story of the website that’s going to be getting a million hits in the first month so many times that we seem to have become completely immune to it. It just never seems to happen that way. Now days we automatically quite passively suggest that the client start off with something small and we’ll upgrade them when the time comes. Fortunately saving money is something that most entrepreneurs are more in tune with and most of the time we get to deploy an appropriate amount of hardware in the early days. It’s not all false starts though, we’ve been lucky enough to work with many companies that…

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VPS – Virtual Private Servers now available

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After dabbling with a variety of different virtualisation technologies over the last 2 years we’ve launched a Virtual Private Server (or VPS) offering based on VMware ESX server. We’ve chosen ESX server for a number of reasons not to mention the ability to perform a sufficient level of monitoring on the host system and have the virtual machines behave in just about every respect the same as a traditional dedicated server would. A VPS can offer a more affordable step between shared web hosting and dedicated servers but it also creates a more flexible hosting environment. Additional resources can be added to a server with as little effort as a reboot, and they can be added rapidly (hours vs days) in the event that increased performance is needed at short…

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New co-location suite in Global Switch

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On the back of a very strong 2008 for Anchor and despite the doom and gloom that has been flooding the media we’ve taken the plunge and decided to double our rack capacity in Global Switch’s Sydney facility. We’ve picked up capacity for about 29 standard (600mm wide) racks but have decided to do a fitout with the larger 750mm x 1070 mm APC server racks. The large racks should make server installation and cable management that bit easier, as well as helping with cooling. One of the nice fringe benefits of the APC racks is the oh so simple mounting of the managed power rails (which we use on all or co-location). Saves having to fiddle with custom mounting brackets. We’re hoping this new space will see us through…

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Web hosting statistics vs Google Analytics

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We get the request from time to time, “can you track XYZ in the website statistics for our web hosting?” We get a bit of “Your statistics reports aren’t very pretty”. We include two very commonly used statistics generators with all shared web hosting, AWStats and Webalizer. Both of these tools generate statistics using the logs that the web server keeps for every page request. These logs look something like this: 88.179.0.194 – – [11/Dec/2008:04:48:03 +1100] “GET / HTTP/1.1” 302 20 “http://www.google.fr/search?hl=fr&q=anchor+blog&start=10&sa=N” “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; fr; rv:1.9.0.4) Gecko/2008102920 Firefox/3.0.4” Without explaining the log file in detail, in summary, the above line tells us: What IP address each request comes from The date and time of the request If the user clicked on a link to…

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End of Year Support Hours

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Unfortunately as much as we’d like to to let the servers fend for themselves over the end of year period whilst we take a well earned break we can’t, there’s always someone that forgets a password or decides to break their website during the holiday period. Anchor will be available on all business days – that excludes public holidays and weekends over the break. We will operate on reduced staff numbers on other days reflecting the reduced support load. There will be a provisioning embargo in place for dedicated servers and co-location services between the 17th of December and the 5th of January 2009. Note that this embargo only applies to provision of new services – it does not effect support of existing services. Throughout the holiday period – dedicated…

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