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Why your compliance scan keeps failing

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At Anchor, a large number of our customers seek various certifications for their hosted properties. These commonly include PCI, IRAP and many others. The business drivers for undertaking a certification programme vary between customers, but often involve the need to meet some form or regulatory or industry compliance requirement. Whilst it may not be the initial driver, the fundamental goal of many of these activities is to reduce business risk by improving security posture. We’ve become accustomed to dealing with auditors to assist our customers in undertaking certification initiatives. Unfortunately, just as in any industry, the quality of service, analysis and rigour that these entities employ can vary wildly. Automated scans Auditors commonly use automated tooling as an initial mechanism when assessing the compliance of a hosted infrastructure against the certification that…

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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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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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Geographically redundant fourth nameserver now online

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As part of our recent expansion to the US, we’ve brought up another DNS nameserver for domains hosted by Anchor, “ns4” colloquially or “ns4.anchor.net.au” in full. ns4 lives in a separate chunk of IP address space and is physically located in our Los Angeles PoP. What this means for you is that while DNS problems are very rare, a little redundancy is never a bad thing. And you can have some, today! ns4 will act as an authoritative nameserver for your domain if the primary hosting is with Anchor. Because DNS delegation and hosting are handled separately, existing services won’t change – ns4 won’t be used without explicit modifications to a domain’s delegation. If you’re interested in diversifying your DNS hosting, get in touch by dropping us a mail or…

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Test Flight gains new wings

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While they’re not live on the new infrastructure we’re building for them quite yet, we just wanted to put out a quick congratulations to TestFlight for their launch of TestFlight Live. Even though we’re not professional iOS devs, we have a keen eye for cool tech, and TestFlight’s approach to helping devs make better apps has appealed to us from the moment they first approached us to build them a new, super-scalable and fully-managed infrastructure in our new US facility. We’ll have a post or two in the future about what we’re doing with Test Flight, when it all goes live. Stay tuned!

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