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Is Your Website Ready for Click Frenzy 2015?

With Click Frenzy happening again on November 17th, and online sales trends continuing to climb, it is once more predicted to break online sales records—as well as any participating websites that aren’t prepared. Last year’s Click Frenzy event saw a 27.7% rise in online sales over the previous year, with the average customer order increasing 15.2% to $151.021. Any sudden rise in online activity, particularly when compressed into a single 24-hour period, can trigger a frenzy of technical issues for some retailers. According to IBM research, the first Click Frenzy in November 2012 saw 37% more online sales than even the Boxing Day sales. This unprecedented flurry of online transactions in such a short period of time saw many retailers crash under the pressure, losing sales and frustrating customers2. That...

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Secrets from Leading Magento Experts: 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Magento Agency

Choosing an agency for your ecommerce store is an important process that deserves a well thought-out approach. Remember, the right Magento agency for your site may not be the same for another company and its specific personality and needs. Choosing the perfect agency has to do with aligning your company’s unique qualities and objectives with the agency’s qualifications and capabilities. Making a calculated, informed decision when choosing an agency to work with is of paramount importance. This is why we’ve collaborated with leading Magento agencies to compile this guide to walk you through the process! Read more.  

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Putting OpenBSD in the cloud

One of my recent personal interest projects was to get OpenBSD cloud images running on our OpenStack cluster. I used and extended the same pcib software we use for building our Linux images. In doing so, I learned some cool new things about OpenBSD and learned more about its limitations. Overall, I found adapting OpenBSD to the cloud to be a surprisingly straightforward experience, given that the OpenBSD developers eschew the complexity of x86 virtualisation. I credit this to the OpenBSD project’s approach of emphasising simplicity, correctness and portability in its design choices. Bootstrapping OpenBSD We begin with the tedious, yet rewarding task of putting all the bits into place which extract an OpenBSD filesystem tree into a chroot and make it bootable. The bulk of this work happened in...

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Rebuilding An OpenStack Instance and Keeping the Same Fixed IP

OpenStack and in particular the compute service, Nova, has a useful rebuild function that allows you to rebuild an instance from a fresh image while maintaining the same fixed and floating IP addresses, amongst other metadata. However if you have a shared storage back end, such as Ceph, you’re out of luck as this function is not for you. Fortunately, there is another way. Prepare for the Rebuild: Note the fixed IP address of the instance that you wish to rebuild and the network ID: $ nova show demoinstance0 | grep network | DemoTutorial network |, | $ export FIXED_IP= $ neutron floatingip-list | grep | ee7ecd21-bd93-4f89-a220-b00b04ef6753 | | | $ export FLOATIP_ID=ee7ecd21-bd93-4f89-a220-b00b04ef6753 $ neutron net-show DemoTutorial | grep " id " | id | 9068dff2-9f7e-4a72-9607-0e1421a78d0d...

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Round ’em up with Jessie

A new version of the Debian operating system, version 8 (codename “Jessie”) was released over the weekend. Just as we did two years ago with Wheezy, we are now immediately offering Debian Jessie as an option for new customers. This includes our new OpenStack infrastructure, where Jessie is our recommended option for Managed Operations and Unmanaged instances. If you already have a Debian server with us and would like to upgrade, drop us a line and we’ll be able to advise as to what’s involved to support your stack on Jessie. To find out more about the services we can offer, visit http://www.anchor.com.au/.

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Anchor Launches Fleet: Magento as a Service

New automated hosting platform takes the challenge out of continuous delivery for e-commerce Sydney, Australia, 11th March 2015 – Anchor, the Australian managed hosting provider behind some of the biggest online retailers, has launched a fully automated hosting platform designed to eliminate many of the hosting headaches faced by digital agencies and e-commerce businesses. The first of its kind anywhere in the world, Fleet simplifies and turbocharges development workflows by eliminating the most common causes of downtime and code deployment issues.Fleet is such a shift from traditional hosting services that Anchor has released a specially produced four minute video to explain how it works—voiced by last week’s star panellist on the ABC’s Q&A program, Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, Babe, Blackadder). https://www.anchorfleet.com/#Video Anchor is the first hosting provider in Australia to...

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Anchor launches new managed hosting services on AWS

Collaboration reflects transformation for Anchor’s cloud hosting model Sydney, Australia, March 3, 2015 – Anchor, the hosting heavyweight behind some of Australia’s biggest online retailers, has announced a range of new cloud hosting products and services on Amazon Web Services (AWS). The first new Anchor service to be made available on AWS is a new management tier – DevOps Automation – bridging the gap between operations and software development teams. Static websites have given way to complex, feature-rich web apps that require constant updating and enhancement. Some major retailers are already deploying new code into production at an incredible pace, in some cases up to fifty times a day, compared with just once or twice a month previously. This is due to new development methodologies such as “Continuous Delivery”, resulting in real...

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A Year of OpenStack

In late 2013 we looked around the company and asked ourselves the questions any management team has to ask: what are we doing, where do we need to be, and what’s holding us back from getting there? Because Anchor had grown organically across many years, our internal procedures for infrastructure management were spread across a number of tools that weren’t scalable and efficient enough to keep up with the demands of new sales. Furthermore, they weren’t compatible with a product-based self-serve future. There are a number of pieces to addressing that, but certainly it would be tremendously useful to have API-driven software defined infrastructure. The recommendation, universally, was that we needed to consider OpenStack. We were astonished at the degree of rigour and testing that had gone into vetting changes (since the beginning, there have been no un-gated...

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Magento Fleet Explainer

Over the past few months, we have been developing, tinkering and perfecting a brand new platform that will completely change the way you approach managing a website – Fleet. But what is Fleet? How does it work? We’ve asked Miriam Margolyes to help us explain it. Here’s a sneak peak at the script – stay tuned for the full, animated video! The problem for many online retailers is that web hosting has become far too complicated. It’s easy to see why. If your website goes down, sales go down with it, as well as your brand’s reputation. So, most big websites take a ‘belts and braces’ approach by adding extra everything — just in case. But all of these bits and bobs and extra everythings cost extra money — and get in...

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Merry Christmas from all of us at Anchor!

2014 has been another amazing twelve months for Anchor, as well as our partners and customers. As you can see, there are now more heads than ever in our seasonal cartoon — and that’s before you count the half-dozen wonderful SysAdmins on our US support team! Anchor continues to grow rapidly to support our exciting future plans, and stand ready for an even stronger 2015. We’re continually looking for new ways to improve our services, so I’m pleased to say we have plenty of exciting developments due to launch in early next year, designed to make working with Anchor even more frictionless and rewarding. These include the full release of our OpenStack cloud and the launch of a new automated infrastructure service called Fleet that promises to change forever how...

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