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September 21, 2015 - by Elijah Zupancic
Despite years of collective pain trying to obtain knowability--also known as what the hell is going on--around what application code is running in production, our industry is only in the infancy of gaining the same knowability of the infrastructure on which our application code runs. Think about it: if you know the version of your software artifact, but don’t have certainty about the underlying platform in which it is running, do you really have any certainty about your application? It is like versioning your application to "3.something" or "4.meh" because you are missing a key knowledge about what exactly is running.
Knowing the version of your infrastructure is at least as important the version of your application code. If you still don't agree with me about why you may want to know exact nature of your application’s infrastructure is, think about the following questions:
If your answer to any of those involved
sshing into the box or checking a wiki, you should keep reading.
Elijah Zupancic's post first appeared on Medium. Elijah is a solutions engineer at Joyent. He prefers his tea and sake piping hot.