Cattle, not pets

Originally published on In the old way of doing things, we treated servers like pets - we got attached to them, we spent money to keep them healthy and spent time to make sure they receive enough attention and don’t start causing trouble. There have been countless moments in which a singular ‘slowflake’ server was the cause for a service outage, causing operations teams to wake up in the middle of the night, drowsily reach for their laptops and try to make sense of it all before attempting to stabilize the situation before the outage’s aftershocks are felt throughout the system.
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