Consistency is one of the most important things in a computing environment. There are abundant examples where configuration inconsistencies have led to disastrous events leading up to dropped databases, setting up disk-mirrors in the wrong direction (ie overwriting a perfectly good partition with an empty one), operational mistakes due to wrong or unclear naming conventions and you name them. Anywhere where people work mistakes will be made so in order to try and prevent these kind of mistakes strict standards in operations needs to be followed. In the majority of businesses around the world some sort of framework for processes and changes is followed in the likes of ITIL or any of the alternatives.
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