Are Your Virtual Desktops Pets or Cattle?
There’s a lot of talk about changing server management practices by using an analogy of petsand cattle. Pets, in the analogy, are unique. They’re usually named in some way and nurtured through their lifecycle. When they break, they’re fixed because they’re not easily replaced. Cattle, on the other hand, are not unique and are identified with a number or a very basic name. If the cow has a problem, it’s disposed of and replaced with a new one.
Most businesses today have to treat their servers like pets, simply because applications aren’t designed for scalability. Although this can sometimes be addressed with costly solutions such as clustering, it isn’t always supported, and will take time for applications to be rewritten to support the cattle mindset.
But there’s one area where many businesses can take advantage of "cattle herd" management strategies: the end-user computing space.
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