I talk a lot about failure in systems - it's inevitability and the things we can do to minimize it's impact and recover in a quick, automated fashion (note I never said "prevent" failure).
I recently came across a good quote on the topic that I think is really punchy:
"failure is not an option - it's bundled with your software"
I would credit it's author but I can't seem to work out where it came from - I've seen it tacked on the end of a few people's forum posts. I can't help but think they meant it a bit more cynically than I'm taking it but it's a good thinking point when you're delivering online services.
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