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Anchor partners with Magento for premium ecommerce hosting

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Anchor is proud to announce a new partnership with Magento as a hosting provider. This relationship recognises Anchor’s expertise and experience when it comes to providing comprehensive hosting solutions for Magento stores. Anchor is the first Australian hosting company to attain this partnership status, and only the eighth worldwide. Anchor’s ability to deliver high-performance and scalable Magento deployments was highlighted by their work with Games Paradise. Following the migration to Anchor’s servers, their site loaded some five times faster, and availability was rock solid, greatly improving their customers’ experience. As a company that’s been around for over ten years, Anchor has been doing managed hosting for a long time now. In that time they’ve built up strong relationships with local developers and Magento solution partners. By taking advantage of these…

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Anchor teams up with Amazon Web Services to provide fully managed cloud

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Anchor is pleased to announce our newly-minted relationship with Amazon as a management provider. Playing to each company’s respective strengths, the relationship showcases Anchor’s unmatched management and support, coupled with the scalability and performance of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform. Why Amazon? The announcement coincides with the opening of Amazon’s local presence right here in Sydney, which will provide the much-anticipated capacity and low latency that their users need. We’re big fans of the AWS model and have used it to support big customers who have very “bursty” capacity requirements. The AWS Advantage Amazon’s architecture provides systems that are flexible and suitable for use at almost any scale. Because AWS works on a usage billing model, you only pay for what you use, with no upfront commitment. As things…

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RecruitLoop – A fresh approach to recruiting

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As people may have noticed, Anchor has been recruiting a lot of new staff in recent times. Apart from the usual sysadmin technical staff, we’ve been actively looking for extra sales champions too. Now I’ve been recruiting technical staff for quite a few years, and for the most part, both Anchor as a company and I have a really good idea what we’re looking for in our technical team; we’re an overtly technical company, we already know what good techs look like! On the sales front though, I’ve always found it to be a more challenging proposition. Where do good sales people hang out? As a relatively small company, how do we attract good talent and convince them to work for us and not Megacorp Ltd? We sell a very…

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Flying high with TestFlight

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Regular readers will have seen that TestFlight went live on our new infrastructure last week. Now that that’s bedded down nicely, we can talk about the more fun, technical aspects of the project. When we sat down to analyse things we identified a handful of core goals for developing the new architecture: Scalability Consolidation Management In very-roughly that order of priority. Let’s have a quick look at what we started with, when TestFlight was hosted in the Linode cloud. Scalability and consolidation go hand in hand in the redesign. TestFlight’s tiered layout was solidly architected from the beginning and that hasn’t changed – clearly defined and separated layers make it easier to design fault-tolerant systems, and let you scale different areas appropriately. Each tier now has just a handful of…

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The Automation Waltz

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When you have a bunch of machines involved in a process, you need to ensure that various stages in this process have executed. If the target host is unavailable, you want a guarantee that the job will execute when the host becomes available again.  This is well beyond the capabilities of ssh in a for-loop. In trying to solve this problem, we had assessed tools like mcollective, but came to the conclusion that they were inappropriate for our environment.  mcollective in particular was removed from consideration as it was designed for a more homogeneous environment than the one here at Anchor. When we realised we needed a different solution, a few of us gathered around a whiteboard and started enumerating our requirements.  The result was Orchestra, which we’re releasing today under the BSD License….

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