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Configuration Drift: Phoenix Server vs Snowflake Server Comic

Published on March 26, 2018
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Configuration Drift: Phoenix Server vs Snowflake Server Comic

Note: This comic adaptation covers a portion of an article on immutable infrastructure. If you’d like to learn more, we recommend taking a look at the original piece: What Is Immutable Infrastructure?

Phoenix server vs Snowflake Server

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It’s just a fun way to describe the idea of servers which can be “killed” randomly without worry because your environment is resilient enough to “rise from the ashes” (like the mythical Phoenix) fairly easily, if not automatically. It’s not a specific technology or even a specific technique, but just a general idea of being vigilant about documenting configuration and ensuring that your recovery process is well practiced in an actual production environment. The ultimate “Phoenix server” would be an environment where this process is 100% automated with built-in redundancy across the entire application stack so that any given piece of the infrastructure could be randomly destroyed with zero downtime

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