Was it only a few years ago when deploying a single server was a big occasion? First we needed to unpack it, mount it, test it, and install the software. Then we could put it to work.
Today, we’re asked to spin up two hundred servers before lunch, configure them, crunch some numbers, and return them before the 1pm staff meeting. Time is money, and servers are bought by the hour now.
That explains the explosion of interest in tools that let us manage hundreds of machines with a few quick clicks. Here’s a list of some of the most intriguing new tools for making our server farms jump to attention in less time than it took to slice open the tape on a server box.