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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 Half a dozen lower-capacity core switches have been replaced by shiny new Dell Powerconnect models, giving us a gigantic backbone with 10Gbps ports everywhere.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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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 staff now! The exact date for the move isn’t fixed yet, but we’re prepping for the convoy to set sail sometime in late November. The destination? A few blocks east, just across the road from Hyde Park, and a substantial jump in elevation. In the meantime we’ve been doing a bit of spring cleaning, we’re getting rid of anything that we don’t need to take with us. The amount of stuff we’ve got lying around…

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Office Highlights – New Lunch Room

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Due to our recently booming number of staff, we had to create more space in the office. I guess you could call it… renovation. As part of these changes, our lunch room has been demolished and a new and improved lunchroom built to replace it. Whilst our old lunchroom only had a table, a beer fridge and a few chairs, our new lunchroom is also an amazing entertainment room too! We have a brand new xbox 360 for competitive gaming during Friday lunches in the office, new lounges for relaxing, and of course two red beanbags for the finishing touch. The new Anchor lunchroom is awesome, especially on those days when we need to kick back and blow away the stress. There’s no doubt that we are all excited to…

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Office Highlights – Airblades

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In keeping with our propensity to get things done Five Times Faster we’ve installed these shiny new Dyson Airblade hand dryers. They pride themselves on being quick – well now we can dry our hands five times faster! Actually, the real reason is environmental – we’ve always been a bit of green-minded company. Following on from our recent waste reduction and power awareness efforts, we’ve taken aim at our bathrooms. We go through a lot of paper towels, and for what? We take some sheetpulp, make it damp, then throw it out. It’s not very efficient. This is also just cool technology, that counts for something around here. Now, I wonder if anyone specialises in pimping these things out…

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Bringing down the wall

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Here at Anchor we’re serious about breaking down barriers in the workplace – literally! Our sales department needs a bit more room, and we’d like to bring the admin staff together as well. But there’s this pesky wall in the way, which limits our expansion to just four desks. We’re a practical bunch, so we saw no reason why we couldn’t deal with this ourselves. Out came the tools! Being a lightweight internal wall it didn’t last too long, just a couple sheets of gyprock with some insulation and bracing. Everything came down surprisingly cleanly, with barely a scuff on the structural pillars. There was still a whole bunch of gyprock to get rid of and dust lying around though… and we knew just how to deal with that! A…

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Office Highlights – Beer fridge

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Happy staff don’t grow from nothing – it’s the well balanced diet of free lunch every week, giant cakes several times a month, a variety of daily snacks, and of course, free beer, that does the job. At Anchor, we supply beer and soft drinks to quench the thirst of everyone in the office. We even have a separate beer fridge that’s refilled a couple of times a week to make sure it’s always packed up – possibly the most important job I have. Whether it’s during a lazy Friday lunch in the office or after a day of work, we like to enjoy a beer or three to kick back and relax.

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Office highlights – Snack table

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Here at Anchor we absolutely love snacks, and of course who doesn’t! And thank goodness we have a cute little Japanese grocery store right across the road. Everyone puts in their fair share of change into the money bucket and then once a week or so, someone will go to the store and bring back a Santa’s sack full of scrumptious snacks. When that time of the day comes, and time seems to go slower than usual, there’s bound to be something on the snacks table to keep you going for the rest of the afternoon. Our table is absolutely covered with chocolates, crackers, lollies, biscuits, Speed Wafers and Choco Pies (a Korean staple). Sweet, delicious snacks in colourful wrapping, it’s a temptation hard to resist even if you can’t…

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Office Highlights – Anchor Photo Wall

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Every year we have several exciting office events to look forward to, where all our staff members go out for some frivolous fun on the company’s dime. To commemorate all the amazing events and parties we’ve celebrated, we always like to take heaps of photos. The Anchor Photo Wall takes over an entire wall in our office, covered in snapshots from International Suit-Up Day to Bowling and Laser tag night and of course, our annual Christmas parties. It definitely adds a little colour to the office and I guess you could say that this is the closest thing to art we have.

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Getting into the spooky spirit

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It’s Halloween soon, and we’re getting into the spirit of the Spooks. We love to make an event out of every occasion — any excuse for dressing up! A few weeks back we were celebrating International Suit-up Day, which was indeed a rare sight to see here at Anchor. This Halloween, I have taken the liberty of decorating the office, and while I was at it, I also hid a few sneaky spiders around the office. Giant hairy tarantulas in the fridge and tiny creepy crawlies in the kitchen — we are definitely going head first into it this Hallow’s Eve.

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Office highlights: Cake

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A lot of people aren’t keen on getting older. On the other hand, cake is delicious and moist. We choose to err on the latter, doughier side of things. On your birthday you get a choice of any cake or cake-like dessert that can be reasonably procured. We provide the cake, you have to cut slices it for everyone. We think it’s a fair rule. It sure gets rough around the July-August period, when we have to eat cake three times a week on some occasions.

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