Chapter 37. Centralizing a Service

This chapter is about the process of taking an existing decentralized service and centralizing it.

We are proponents of centralization. However, most large sites, and many midsize sites, have a number of services that are decentralized. In some cases, this is historical: There was no strong policy for centralization, and nobody was allocated to providing and supporting some of these central services. In other cases, this model arose because the people who wanted to build the decentralized service convinced management that they had a real business need to do so.

In any case, we often find ourselves in an environment where there are some decentralized services. If they are infrastructure services, or any of the ...

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