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The naming of backup servers

Posted by Preston on 2009-02-07

I’m a big fan of RFC-1178; thus, I’m not too keen on backup server names such as say, nsrserv, bckmast01, unxserv134, etc. I guess it’s partly proof of how much of a geek I am at times, but I think backup servers need good names.

Since backup is all about protection, I tend to look for names that reflect a general sense of protection. Over the course of the last decade or more, most of my backup servers have ended up with names that reflect that notion of protection, and out of a general sense of trivia I thought I’d mention some of them:

  • archon – a title used in some religions for ‘protector’
  • bastet – an African goddess of protection
  • bes – another African goddess whose roles included that of protection of children
  • diana – the Greek goddess of the hunt and protector of children
  • dryad – mythical woodland creatures that protected the forests
  • ent – borrowed from Tolkein, a protector of forests
  • gnome – mythical creatures that live in gardens and who are protectors of nature
  • isis – the Egyptian goddess of protection and magic
  • tara – the Tibetan goddess of peace and protection
  • venus – the Roman goddess of love and protector of gardens

These obviously all come from the one theme, and there’s plenty of more examples to be found.

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