If you’re a fan of Netflix Chaos Monkey stay tuned: there’s a lot more where that came from. And a few hundred developers showed up for Netflix’ open source open house Tuesday night to get a sneak peak of more tools to come.
The company, which famously relies on Amazon Web Services to do “undifferentiated heavy lifting”, as Netflix CTO Adrian Cockroft described it, really wants people to deploy its components together. That’s why it continues to put source code to these tools on Github and that’s why it hosts open houses and meetups focused on its tools and components.
And it’s very interested in getting other, non AWS cloud vendors, to kick the tires of these tools and, ideally, deploy them. Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus was in the crowd and I’m told many of the OpenStack players are here as well.
So what’s coming from Netflix? Some quick hits:
- Denominator, a tool to manage and handle multiple DNSes from multiple providers — something which surprisingly, Cockcroft said, no one has done yet.
- Odin: an orchestration API that can be invoked from Jenkins and into Asgard, the Netflix deployment tool, that will let developers deploy work jobs smoothly over time.
- Recipes. Lots of them. These are blueprints to make it easier to deploy many Netflix components together;
- Launcher: to enable easy push-button launch of those recipes.
- More monkeys: Stay tuned.
So what’s the end game here? Clearly, Netflix thinks it has a lot to contribute to making massive scale cloud computing more resilient and able to withstand random failures. Just as clearly it would like to see other AWS API-compatible clouds augment their capabilities with the Netflix tool set.
Related research and analysis from GigaOM Pro:
Subscriber content. Sign up for a free trial.
- Infrastructure Q1: Cloud and big data woo enterprises
- A field guide to cloud computing: current trends, future opportunities
- Cloud computing infrastructure: 2012 and beyond