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Anchor’s new Sydney datacentre presence coming online

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Our network admin and ops manager were loading hardware into boxes last night before leaving the office. This is somewhat unusual, so I grabbed them to find out what was happening before they escaped. “We’re off to install SYD3” It’s finally here! We’ve been talking about it for a while, and now it’s imminent. We’ve picked up some space in Equinix’s shiny new SY3 datacentre, which is going to be a beachhead for Anchor’s expansion plans. Opening the SYD3 point of presence (POP) is a strategic maneuver. Connectivity will initially be a dark fibre to SYD1, essentially making SYD3 a remote territory that, at the network layer, will be fully internal to SYD1. Once things are settled in, SYD3 will light up with local transit providers and start doing fully…

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It came from beneath the raised floor

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Yes, it’s another post about datacentre horrors. I know what you’re thinking: “Yeah yeah, I’ve seen the one about the cabling“. Yeah well I used to be a datacentre technician like you, then I took a PCI-slot shiv in the knee. (Edit: Hrm, it looks like the owner nuked the gallery but the files still exist. You can try the Google cache, or a copy that was nabbed.)

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Pain-free server migration

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Being the veteran of a datacentre migration and several whole server migrations I feel like I’m getting the process down to a reasonably fine art. I had to perform another migration last night from another datacentre to ours at Global Switch and the process went very smoothly so I thought I’d share some of the techniques I’ve built up over time so you might benefit if you’re in the same situation. Preparation This should go without saying. The more time you have to prepare for the migration, the better. You do not want to leave it until the last minute. My philosophy when approaching the migration is always to leave the least amount of work possible to do at the time of the actual migration. Clients will generally want to…

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News flash: widespread power outage hits Sydney CBD, Anchor hosting operations unaffected

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Sydney suffered a nasty power outage in the CBD on Monday, which according to reports affected tens of thousands of homes and businesses. Curiously, some traffic lights on George street were blacked out while others just a block or two away were working fine. From a technical standpoint, a measure of diversity like that is probably a good thing. Rather than having vast areas with unmanaged traffic flow, police could be deployed where necessary, with the knowledge that vehicles could move a meaningful distance before getting stopped at the next set of blacked-out lights. A friend of one staffer at Anchor was expected to be staying back late last night babysitting the systems in their office that would take some time to come online. Meanwhile over at Anchor’s datacentre, things…

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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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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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