Puppies or cows?

The shirt every cloud geek needs

Piston Cloud Computing Co.'s Josh McKenty made quite a stir earlier this year when he rehashed an old saying by a Microsoft executive to describe cloud computing in simplistic terms. Puppies or cows.

The idea is that IT managers should treat their virtual machines as cattle, not pets. If one dies, fine, move on to the next one. Don't sweat over each VM as if it's a household animal. The notion encapsulates the whole idea of cloud computing; spin up and deprovision VMs as you need them; manage clusters, not instances. 

[READ MCKENTY'S TAKE HERE: Why servers should be like cows, not puppies] 

Well, now we have the shirt any hardcore cloudy geek needs. Photo courtesy of @aneel

Senior Writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing for Network World and NetworkWorld.com. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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