A few weeks ago I was ruminating on Twitter about the “Cattle not Pets” metaphor for Cloud instances.
“Cattle, not pets” is not a perfect metaphor for cloud servers. Farmers actually do care for individual cows. What about Bees? Ants?
— Jason Brown (@cloudyopspoet) November 17, 2015
I started a vague blog draft on the topic, got a little sidetracked and never fully completed the thought. But it’s something that’s itched at me for some time now. Cattle do in fact get fairly individualised treatment, except on the largest of scales. So they’re not a great metaphor. But I didn’t really have a perfect replacement So when I wandered into the office this morning and checked Twitter, I was gratified to see that Jeffrey Snover had tweeted out an article ruminating on basically the same topic, and which did a lot of the agricultural thinking for me.