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“Monkeys in Labs Coats”: Applied Failure Testing Research at Netflix

by Daniel Bryant on  Mar 27, 2016 1

At QCon London 2016 Peter Alvaro and Kolton Andrus shared lessons learned from a fruitful collaboration between academia and industry, which ultimately resulted in the creation of a novel method for automating failure injection testing at Netflix. Core learnings included: work backwards from what you know; meet in the middle; and adapt the theory to the reality.

Netflix Details Evolution of Keystone Data Pipeline

by Dylan Raithel on  Mar 04, 2016

Netflix has shed light on how the company uses the latest version of their Keystone Data Pipeline, a petabyte-scale real-time event stream processing system for business and product analytics. This news summarizes the three major versions of the pipeline, now used by almost every application at Netflix.

Creating Microservice Deployment Pipelines with Netflix’s Spinnaker: A Perspective from Google

by Daniel Bryant on  Feb 28, 2016

At the microXchg 2016 conference, held in Berlin, Rick Buskens presented “Microservice Deployment Pipelines with Spinnaker”, which discussed the collaboration between Netflix and Google on the Netflix-conceived Spinnaker continuous delivery platform. Spinnaker can be used to create build pipelines for safe and predictable deployment of microservice applications across multiple cloud providers.

Benchmarking Netflix Dynomite with Redis on AWS

by Alex Giamas on  Feb 03, 2016

Last year, Netflix Cloud Database Engineering (CDE) team introduced Dynomite. Dynomite is a proxy layer, aiming to turn any non-distributed database into a sharded, multi-region replication aware distributed database system. Now Netflix released a benchmark using Dynomite with Redis in AWS infrastructure.

Structure 2015 - State of the Cloud and Container Ecosystems

by Chris Swan on  Nov 19, 2015

Rising from the ashes of GigaOm the tribal gathering of cloud elders that is Structure has returned, and got off to a strong start with Battery Ventures' Adrian Cockcroft presenting on the State of the Cloud and Container Ecosystems. Cockcroft paid particular attention to the impact of containers, which wasn’t even a major discussion topic at the last Structure conference in 2013.

Daniel Jacobson on Ephemeral APIs and Continuous Innovation at Netflix

by Jerome Louvel on  Nov 17, 2015

InfoQ had the opportunity to interview Daniel Jacobson about ephemeral APIs, their link to experience-based APIs and when to consider them. He also explains why generic resource-based API architectures can run into problems at scale and why he doesn’t use an API descriptor language. Finally, he describes the various tools they built to deliver those APIs including Falcor, Scryer or Nicobar.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry Adds Netflix OSS Services, Docker Support

by Richard Seroter on  Nov 02, 2015 1

Today, Pivotal announced an update to Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), the commercial version of a popular opens-source platform for building, deploying, and running cloud-native applications. This 1.6 release gives developers native access to a subset of Spring Cloud’s Netflix OSS services, built-in support for .NET applications, beta support for Docker images, and integrated ALM tools.

Netflix’ Principles of Chaos Engineering

by Abel Avram on  Sep 26, 2015

Based on their experience with arbitrarily shutting down servers or simulating the shutdown of an entire data center in production, Netflix has proposed a number of principles of chaos engineering.

Getting JSON Data with Netflix Falcor

by Abel Avram on  Aug 19, 2015

Netflix has open sourced Falcor, a JavaScript library offering a model and asynchronous mechanism for fetching JSON data from multiple sources.

Building 'Failure as a Service' at Netflix without the Simian Army

by Daniel Bryant on  Jun 13, 2015

At QCon New York 2015, Kolton Andrus discussed Netflix’s Failure Injection Testing (FIT) platform, which allows the injection and monitoring of arbitrary failure scenarios to a targeted group of customers using the Netflix production web services. FIT allows Netflix to maintain an ‘antifragile’ programming culture, which results in the creation of systems that are resilient to failure.

Netflix's FIDO Guards Against Security Incidents

by James Chesters on  May 19, 2015

The Netflix team has released FIDO -- an open source system for automatically analysing security events. Not to be confused with FIDO Alliance, Netflix's platform stands for Fully Integrated Defense Operation, the platform's Github describes FIDO as "an orchestration layer used to automate the incident response process by evaluating, assessing and responding to malware."

Adrian Cockcroft: Microservices Revisited

by Mark Little on  Apr 12, 2015 1

Recently Adrian Cockcroft gave an interview to ActiveState's John Wetherill about microservices. In it he talks about how polyglot fits into microservices and the impact on him when he head that companies such as Target and Macy's, as well as Homeland Security had adopted that architectural approach.

Atlas: Netflix's Primary Telemetry Platform

by Russell Smith on  Jan 31, 2015

Netflix has open sourced Atlas, part of their next-generation monitoring platform they have been working on since early 2012. The company developed Atlas to store time series data in order to provide near real-time operational insight to teams.

Prana: A Sidecar Application for NetflixOSS-based Services

by Daniel Bryant on  Dec 20, 2014

Netflix has released Prana, an open-source "sidecar" application the company developed to allow heterogeneous microservice applications to use the NetflixOSS JVM-based platform support libraries.

Netflix Releases Open Source Message Security Layer

by Chris Swan on  Nov 24, 2014

Netflix have announced the release of the Message Security Layer protocol (MSL), which they describe as ‘A Modern Take on Securing Communication’. The project is available on github under the Apache 2.0 license, with implementations in Java and JavaScript.

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