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Puppet Essentials by Felix Frank

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Building manifests for the cloud

One of the most significant operational differences between cloud-based systems and hardware on premises is the fact that you don't get to name your nodes. Server names are often chosen in a mnemonic fashion and communicate the machine's function. In the cloud, your network consists of a collection of anonymous work horses instead.

Enforcing a naming scheme will actually defeat parts of the purpose of a cloud system. The absence of order liberates you from quite some planning overhead that you have to take in your data center, where any node that you deploy must be fit into the greater scheme. Instead, you can add and remove nodes at any time, and the disordered cloud structure just adjusts.

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