Hiring only the best

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Regular readers of this blog will know that we’re hiring – we’re always hiring, in fact, and we’re going to be talking about it more in the near future. Hiring good people is really hard, so a smart company is always ready to scoop up a great candidate when they crop up. Hiring is hard […]

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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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Extending Redis to scratch an itch

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Redis has become one of the most popular “noSQL” datastores in recent times, and for good reason. Customers love it because it’s fast and fills a niche, and we love it because it’s well behaved and easy to manage. In case you’re not familiar with Redis, it’s a key-value datastore (not a database in the […]

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Seven signs of a bad sysadmin

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The title for this post was originally going to be “things that will get you fired from Anchor”, but we realised they might be more generally applicable and actually more cerebral that they first appear. These aren’t just any old sysadmin WTFs. To be sure, some are serious “what ever made you think that could […]

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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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