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The server naming convention is dead, long live the server naming convention!


Get rid of conventions that can be cross-referenced from other data sources in a programmatic fashion.  Consolidate or present those cross-referenced data points into one pane of glass.Rant:
In times old, server's had cool names like Ferrari, Robotech, etc.  Although cool, this drove the need for a server naming convention which served useful purpose.  It could tell us a good many things about a server just by looking @ its name.  Some things could be:

LocationOSApplicationEtc. Because of limitations in previous technologies, you had to limit your server name to a certain number of characters (coming from a Windows background).  Each of these data points needed to be shortened to acronyms or numbers.  This essentially requires a decoder ring for each section of the server name to understand it's hidden meaning.  When dealing w/ a small environment, not a big deal, but scalability becomes a problem.
Using the examples given above: Location SourcesIP SpaceActive Directory …