Richard Bucker

Cattle v Pets

Posted at — Oct 7, 2020

It’s an interesting saying “cattle not pets”. I cannot determine where it came from except to say that it has been widely adopted. It was also the theme at Rancker. They have been wrangling cattle for a nice long while.

Rancher has quickly become the #1 choice for enterprises looking to run containers and Kubernetes in production. It’s the only product that enables you to deliver Kubernetes-as-a-Service across any infrastructure.

The hardest part about this is knowing which are pets and which are cattle.

In the old way of doing things, we treat our servers like pets, for example Bob the mail server. If Bob goes down, it’s all hands on deck. The CEO can’t get his email and it’s the end of the world. In the new way, servers are numbered, like cattle in a herd. For example, www001 to www100. When one server goes down, it’s taken out back, shot, and replaced on the line. ref

HOWEVER, one man’s cow is another man’s pet…. have you ever seen a kid a 4H?

Since I’m in a funky place I gotta abandon this post before I say something I’m going to regret. I accept that I’m cattle and not a pet… this time.