Anchor Movin’ On Out!

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It’s an exciting time at Anchor as another big move is in the works. We moved to the current premises at 230 Clarence about 3 years ago now. At the time we thought it was huge and had boundless plains to share, but strong business and steady recruitment has seen us grow to about fifty […]

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Booting large GPT disks without EFI

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In recent times we’ve been dealing with systems with more and more diskspace. Our latest deployment has a full 30TB of usable capacity! However, this presents some interesting challenges when it comes to booting the operating system. Disks larger than 2TB necessitate the use of GPT partition tables, and booting from GPT disks involves jumping […]

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Noop I/O scheduling with SSD storage

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Solid State Drives (SSDs) are not new in the server world, but they’re seen a somewhat limited takeup due to their high cost per gigabyte of storage. This has been changing as prices continue to drop, and we’re now at the point where SSDs represent a viable option for primary storage of high-value data that […]

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Tales of Hardware – IBM x3650

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All the servers Anchor buys are from Supermicro. Most people won’t have heard of them, but they’re a sizeable hardware vendor that also does some OEM gear. Supermicro certainly doesn’t carry the mindshare of other big brands like HP, Dell, et al., but we chose them because their stuff is reliable and affordable – we […]

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A tale of two drives

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It’s no secret that we’d rather be working on Linux than Windows here at Anchor. It is, by and large, much more annoying to actually get anything done, but it also just breaks in opaque and unexplained ways. O Windowes, let me count the ways in which you are broken! This is one such problem […]

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