Kicking the tyres on OpenTSDB

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One of the big buzzwords in IT at the moment is “big data” – data in such large quantities that it’s not feasible to analyse using your traditional set of tools. Thankfully this isn’t a problem that Anchor has to deal with, but we almost wish we did. We collect a lot of data about […]

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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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Turbocharging work queues for TestFlight

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We’ve recently been hard at work helping TestFlight scale up their operations. They do a lot of heavy lifting with redis, celery and mysql so most of the work centres around finding and eliminating bottlenecks. The biggest gains have come from optimising their use of mysql from the worker processes’ standpoint, resulting in a three-fold […]

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Your Magento store + Anchor = ?

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A little bit of horn-blowing, the correct answer is of course “a winning combination”. 🙂 We often find ourselves bothered by PHP instead of being hot-and-bothered, but Magento is a pretty well-engineered app. It’s got solid documentation (a godsend), and while it’s very resource intensive if you’re a $5-a-month hosting customer, it’s clear they’ve given […]

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The Myth of Infinite Cloud Scalability

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Recently, I read an article from a fairly prominent “cloud computing” vendor, which contained a line that basically said “Let the cloud worry about your scalability and performance problems”. I nearly snorted my late-mid-morning can of mother out my nose when I read it. Here’s why. “Let the cloud worry about your scalability” is nothing […]

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nsscache and LDAP reliability

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Any company with multiple servers in their authentication domain will know of LDAP. Sadly on the Linux platform, OpenLDAP (although arguably the most widely used and well known of the few LDAP servers available) is still not particularly reliable, especially when it comes to replication. The overheads involved in querying even a local OpenLDAP server […]

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