Shiny new hardware: Dell R720xd

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We just received a shipment from Dell, it’s our new VPS hardware! Even the once-mighty leviathan is feeling rather humble these days. She’s got a pair of hyperthreaded octo-core Xeons (32 logical cores, rawr!), 384GiB RAM and 15.6TB of bare disk capacity! Team that with a pair of 10Gbps network ports, a pair of 1Gbps […]

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Naming your servers, Anchor-style

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If you’ve been an Anchor customer for a while, you’ve probably heard the names of a few of our servers. Since the company’s inception way back when, we’ve been using fun nautical-themed names for everything. That’s why our backup servers, being the disk-hogging monsters that they are, have names of great sea beasts like leviathan […]

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Supermicro hardware up for grabs

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In the last year or so Anchor has been making a strong push towards energy-efficient Dell hardware and VPSes. As a result, we find ourselves with a collection of older Supermicro servers on our hands that still perform well, but aren’t viable to sell to customers any more. Rather than scrapping them and foisting more […]

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Stay-at-home servers

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So this is a bit old, but it’s been kicking around my bag of links for a little while. Who said Microsoft didn’t know how to have a little fun? You can even get a deadtree copy from Amazon. If that doesn’t do it for you, there’s apparently PDFs to be had as well.

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Envy our new Leviathan!

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Our current rdiff and amanda backup server, KRAKEN, is almost full, so it was time to order a new one. After much wrangling, we finally received LEVIATHAN this morning. I was pushing for PHYREXIAN DREADNOUGHT personally, but LEVIATHAN is acceptable too; the upkeep effort of backup servers is pretty high after all.

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Pain-free server migration

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Being the veteran of a datacentre migration and several whole server migrations I feel like I’m getting the process down to a reasonably fine art. I had to perform another migration last night from another datacentre to ours at Global Switch and the process went very smoothly so I thought I’d share some of the […]

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Tales of Hardware – IBM x3650

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All the servers Anchor buys are from Supermicro. Most people won’t have heard of them, but they’re a sizeable hardware vendor that also does some OEM gear. Supermicro certainly doesn’t carry the mindshare of other big brands like HP, Dell, et al., but we chose them because their stuff is reliable and affordable – we […]

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