Building next-generation applications is one thing. Managing and running them is another.
Perhaps the best way of thinking about this lies in the old analogy of pets vs. cows. People take extraordinary measures to keep their pets alive and healthy, in the same way admins carefully tend a high-end server with redundant everything. But on the farm, a dead cow is part of the cost of doing business -- and in today’s cloud world, where applications are designed to tolerate failure, a server that falls over is no big deal.
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