I have fond memories of when IT admins would give names to their servers, and even assign them unique personalities.
It was a simpler time, before virtualization and the cloud made infrastructure exponentially more complex. My favorites were the The Lord of the Rings fans who named their servers after hobbits and elves; anything related to Bilbo and Frodo might be a web server, while Arwen and Legolas were databases.
It was a fun way for IT admins to express themselves, but you had to know your Tolkien to understand the role a server might play.This model worked for small environments but doesn’t scale in the era of virtualization and the cloud.

There are simply too many things to name, and you’re forced to pull out esoteric Tolkien references that only a supergeek would know.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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