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Anchor Movin’ On Up!

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Well folks, the big day is here. Our Sydney-based Anchorites spent the latter half of yesterday packing everything away to move to our new premises on Elizabeth street. The new office space is a full 168% bigger, wow! Anchor has literally moved up in the world; as of this morning we can be found at Level 23, 201 Elizabeth street, with a fabulous view over Hyde Park and the CBD. On a technical note, we’ve made some exciting upgrades to our switching infrastructure at SYD1. Half a dozen lower-capacity core switches have been replaced by shiny new Dell Powerconnect models, giving us a gigantic backbone with 10Gbps ports everywhere. This is especially valuable as deployments of DRBD, for example, become more commonplace – it’s a performance monster that benefits from…

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US POP: Bandwidth Vendor selection process complete

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So on the back of our last blog post on this topic it is with some excitement to announce that we’ve signed up with a total of three network providers to provide our network connectivity in our US Point of Presence. As mentioned in previous posts, there are essentially two networks that we will be provisioning. 1) Public network which is configured for high-availability and performance in mind. For this link we’ve provisioned two independent network suppliers: – 100Mbps Fixed-cost link with Level 3 – 100Mbps Fixed-cost link with Hurricane Electric Across our public network we will be doing all our own BGP routing using the Anchor AS18020 which allows us to completely control how our traffic is routed. Both of these connections are provided as a fibre hand-off which…

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US POP: Vendor Selection

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So now we’ve made the decision to deploy hardware in the US we need to start making some of the practical solutions, such as: Which facility provider should we be using? and; Where should the data centre be physically located? To make this decision we had a number of important requirements for each of the services we’d need to procure. Data Centre Providers The data centre must be carrier netural facility and rated as a tier3 or greater data centre as per uptime institute guidelines Given we do not have any staff on that ground at this point we require good smart-hands which includes a team that will complete all of the initial deployment: Receiving the servers and network devices from the hardware vendor and verify received as ordered Install…

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AusNOG conference

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I was lucky enough to get a free pass to the Australian Network Operators Group conference from one of our upstream providers, so that’s what I’m up to at the start of this week. It is interesting to compare it to my experiences at the several LinuxConfAU conferences I’ve been to. On the whole I can say it is more Enterprisey, far less smelly, and a generally smaller but more focussed conference. Obviously network topics dominate the conference (although there are a number of presentations that border on other areas). Somewhat confusingly for a sysadmin, they named this conference AusNOG03. They have decided to not use a year-based numbering system nor one that starts at 0 (which would please most of us), and as a kicker have locked themselves into…

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