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March 15, 2007


The following quote was plucked from a recent web development email.

“When building a new [server] farm, create better server names … WUS is like naming a boy Sue.”

Here’s the deal … the internal names for Veer’s web servers are prefixed with the acronym ‘WUS’, theoretically representing ‘Web: United States’ or our North American-based web servers. I’ve always referred to the servers ‘wuss-oh-one’ or ‘wuss-oh-three’, but it wasn’t until this email that I realized how dumb the naming really was. Makes we wonder how we’ve named our proxy servers.

This item was posted by Grant Hutchinson.


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4 comments on “Wussypants.”

  1. Posted by Victor Victor on Monday, March 19th, 2007.


    Our production machines are named after mountains — we have a long list of all the peaks above 10,000? ft in North America and just pull names off of it. Come up with an interesting and memorable naming convention and people will remember the names better than an acronym.


  2. Posted by Grant Hutchinson Grant Hutchinson on Monday, March 19th, 2007.

    No need to convince me, Victor. But it seems that I’m working with a group of technically adept, yet acronym addled developers and operations people. Every server name on the network is suffering from the same initials-only nomenclature. Personally, I blame it on our reliance on Active Directory Services.


  3. Posted by Neil Neil on Sunday, March 25th, 2007.

    We name our servers at work after strange animals or if you like, the Mac OS versions.


  4. Posted by Grant Hutchinson Grant Hutchinson on Thursday, April 19th, 2007.

    I don’t think there is going to be much movement to change the way we’ve named our servers. It would be like trying to get the technology team to switch from a Microsoft development platform to a Linux-based one. Like pulling teeth. Thanks for the suggestions, though.


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