Amazon performed a major maintenance update at the end of September in order to patch a security vulnerability in a Xen hypervisor affecting about 10% of their global fleet of cloud servers. This update involved the rebooting of those servers, with consequences for AWS users and the services they provide, including one of their largest clients, Netflix.
"Chaos Engineering", a term recently coined by Netflix, is an umbrella that embraces all Netflix's activities on controlled failure injection. Bruce Wong, Engineering Manager of Chaos Engineering at Netflix, wrote about what Chaos Engineering is, its aims, and the roadmap to achieve them. InfoQ reached Bruce to learn more.
Cassandra is rapidly heading towards 2.1 release, with 2.1.0-beta1 already available for evaluation. We take a look at major features introduced in the latest major release and what's coming up. Supported by DataStax, Cassandra is expanding its reach towards the enterprise world. DataStax recently announced a partner network program, Patrick McFadin called out on MongoDB's scaling issues and other
The traditional resource-oriented API model may not satisfy the most important of your API consumers. Daniel Jacobson of Netflix asserts that good API design is about knowing your API consumers and optimizing your API for that audience.
Jeff Magnusson from Netflix team gave a presentation at QCon SF 2013 Conference about their Data Platform as a Service. Following up to this presentation, we will look at the technology stack and how it helps Netflix to tackle important business decisions.
Netflix has announced their intent to switch their video player from Silverlight to HTML5, the first implementation of the new player being done in Chrome/Chrome OS, with Windows and Mac OS X following soon.
Netflix has released Hystrix, a library designed to control points of access to remote systems, services and 3rd party libraries, providing greater tolerance of latency and failure. Hystrix features thread and semaphore isolation with fallbacks and circuit breakers, request caching and request collapsing, and monitoring and configuration.
Netflix has open sourced yet another piece of their architecture, Eureka – a RESTful service used to locate middle tier services running within AWS regions.
Netflix has just open-sourced its much talked about “Chaos Monkey” software which intentionally takes servers offline as a way to test the resiliency of a cloud environment. This is another in a long line of internally developed tools that Netflix has chosen to freely share with the technical community.