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Merry Christmas from all of us at Anchor!

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2014 has been another amazing twelve months for Anchor, as well as our partners and customers. As you can see, there are now more heads than ever in our seasonal cartoon — and that’s before you count the half-dozen wonderful SysAdmins on our US support team! Anchor continues to grow rapidly to support our exciting future plans, and stand ready for an even stronger 2015. We’re continually looking for new ways to improve our services, so I’m pleased to say we have plenty of exciting developments due to launch in early next year, designed to make working with Anchor even more frictionless and rewarding. These include the full release of our OpenStack cloud and the launch of a new automated infrastructure service called Fleet that promises to change forever how…

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If your server is a function, is your company a library?

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Our Anchorite, Head of Engineering Andrew Cowie will be giving a talk next week at the Commerial Users of Functional Programming conference in Gothenburg, Sweden. The abstract for the talk, titled “If your server is a function, is your company a library?” This article gives an interesting perspective on some of the cool stuff our Engineering department is up to. ==== Haskell is lauded for being a good foundation for building high quality software. The strong type system eliminates huge classes of runtime errors, laziness-forced-purity aides in separating messy IO from pure computational work, and the wealth of tools like quickcheck mean that individual codebases can be robustly unit tested. That’s fine when your service runs from a single program. Building anything larger requires integration testing of components and that…

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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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Archana – Anchor’s Mama-Bear

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Archana is a one-woman accounts dynamo. As the only person working full-time on accounts – with occasional assistance from Andrew and Jessica – she has a crucial role at Anchor. She earned her Masters in Professional Accounting from Central Queensland University and plans to start her CPA in the next few years. Like many working mums, Archana manages to juggle her career with spending time with her 7-year-old son. Not always easy when both she and her husband work full-time. With 3 sisters and 2 brothers, family has always been an important part of Archana’s life. She’s still very close with her sisters and travelled extensively with them while she was back in India. In 2009 Archana moved with her son and husband from her native New Delhi in India…

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Meet Sharif – the whiz kid with an answer for everything

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Sharif Olorin has a reputation around the office for 3 things: his deadpan sense of humour, his numerous tattoos and piercings, and his obsession with Russian Caravan tea. So far, the best Russian Caravan he’s found is at the Glebe markets in Sydney’s Inner-West, an area he now calls home. In many ways, Sharif is stereotypical of inner-Western Sydney. He’s young, wicked-smart and tech-savvy. He doesn’t wear a suit to work and he cares more about getting the job done than whose responsibility it is. He has a lambda – the Greek letter λ often used in mathematics and science – tattooed on his right forearm, and even uses the symbol as his signature!

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Meet Michael, (another) Linux nut!

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Michael Sampson has a reputation for being the office Linux nut. No small feat, when you consider that everyone at Anchor is a Linux nut. He works as a Systems Admin with Chris and Ryan. How did you come to be working at Anchor? “I was attending PyCon AU in Tasmania. I saw the Anchor banner next to the food table. When I got back, I checked out their company blog. I’d never worked on high-availability stacks or a lot of the other technologies mentioned and I thought that would be fairly interesting. So I applied for a job. I’ve been here since January. What did you do before working at Anchor? I spent the last 7 years working in an IT position in the education sector in Armidale. I’m from Tamworth…

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Celebrating St Patrick’s Day

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In true Anchor style, our Anchorites celebrated St Patrick’s day by dressing in green and drinking Guinness. Given that St Patrick’s day fell on a Sunday, we started early on Friday. It looks like the celebrations will be continuing into this week, as the decorations are still up, and there’s still some Guinness left over!

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Jess Field – Anchor’s Superstar Customer Services Manager

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Jessica Field is clearly not the same as 99% of the staff at Anchor — she’s not a sysadmin, and she’s not even very geeky. One sure-fire way to get the rest of the team to laugh is to ask them “What’s World Of Warcraft?”. She still laughs about how long the answers went on for, and about all the little debates that sprung up between the WoW nerds in the office. “To be honest,” she says, “my friends and family consider me a geek, but they have no idea. Still, I guess I’m the geekiest in my circle of friends”. Jess studied a Diploma in IT out of high school in the seaside town of Forster before applying for a technical support role at Anchor in Sydney. “It was pretty…

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Meet Ms Organisation: Sophie Yang

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Sophie Yang is our new office manager and she’s busy knocking us all into shape. Sophie, you’ve only been here a couple of weeks – welcome to the team! What’s your role here at Anchor? My role here is the Office Manager. It’s my job to ensure that everything in the office is running smoothly. That can mean making sure that the staff are happy, organising supplies, events, and generally keeping the office ship shape. Do you have experience in this field, or are you just super-organised? My previous job was as office manager in a real estate office where my role was similar to what I’m doing here at Anchor. But yes, I’d have to say I’m a pretty organised person. What’s your impression of being part of the…

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Lifting the lid on our wily wordsmith

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The tables are turned this Tuesday, as we interrogate our illustrious technical writer, Barney Desmond! Tell us about what you do at Anchor? I started in my current role as the technical documentation writer, a newly created position; I would write and edit procedures and other internal documentation for our sysadmins to work with. From that it kind of expanded to a lot more public-facing stuff. Things like case studies, support docs in our public wiki, and in fact most of the stuff in the blog. The public aspect means we get to keep our customers up to date about what we’re working on, or what new technologies we’re playing with. My job’s a really fun mix of different things. How did you get involved with Anchor? I became part…

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