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DevOps — are your servers pets, cows or ants?

Evolving software platforms and their service needs can be compared to three types of animals that have increasing levels of autonomy and self-care.

The software platforms you create need a level of effort from you that changes as they become more complex. If you follow the agile process and make them increasingly automated, your platforms require less work as they evolve from one server, to many, to a server farm. To create a broad, relatable picture of what that changing effort looks like, this article compares the needs of each platform development level to three types of animals: pets, cows, and ant colonies.

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