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Netflix Focuses Attention on a Variety of Open Source Projects

Netflix, as we know it today, wouldn’t exist if not for Amazon.

That’s because the world’s largest over-the-top provider relies on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver its content digitally. In doing so, Netflix has worked to make AWS more reliable so as to provide a more resilient service to its customers.

The company has embraced open source philosophies, working to improve AWS via its NetflixOSS projects, which are then shared for the public to see, use and build off of, accordingly. Neftlix now offers open source solutions relating to cloud management, availability, persistence systems, infrastructure services, platform libraries and more. Let’s take a look at some of them:

  • STAASH (Storage as a Service over HTTP): A language- and storage-agnostic Web interface, STAASH gives programmers the ability to leverage cloud-based backend storage without a second thought so that they are able to direct all of their attention on the data itself. In other words, the complexity of the underlying system is hidden from view, and developers can focus on the most integral parts of their projects instead.
  • Chaos Monkey: Under the umbrella of the Simian Army, a suite of tools designed to ensure optimal cloud operation, falls Chaos Monkey, the first such tool that focuses on resiliency. Chaos Monkey causes failure throughout servers purposefully. Netflix’s engineers can then respond to these mishaps and get everything running again, with hopes that fixing these small failures will prevent larger, unplanned ones in the future.
  • Ice: Keeping your cloud expenses under control is imperative, and Ice will help you do just that. The solution provides a macro view of such expenses, allowing decision makers to monitor usage patterns on any scale they see fit. Ice provides the information necessary to help business owners make informed decisions regarding their cloud strategies.
The fact that Netflix is embracing open source adoption is an encouraging one, and by listing its open source projects publicly, the company is providing interesting insight into its operations.

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Lacey Thoms is a marketing specialist and blogger at Protecode, a provider of open source license management solutions. During her time at Protecode, Lacey has written many articles on open source software management. She has a background in marketing communications, digital advertising, and web design and development. Lacey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University.

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