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Netflix to Open Source Army of Cloud Monkeys

Apr 16, 2012, 03:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert McMillan)

"The online movie rental company uses a troupe of cloud software ? it calls the programs 'monkeys' ? that poke and prod its online applications and keep the website and its services humming along.

"There?s a Chaos Monkey, a program that randomly kills virtual machines to make sure that small outages will not disrupt the overall system. They?ve got Security Monkey ? it looks for configuration and security flaws ? and Janitor Monkey, too: It looks for system resources that aren?t being used and shuts them down.

"Over the next few months Netflix will release the source code for these programs and more, giving cloud developers a look at how it runs its services on Amazon?s cloud. The plan is 'to release pretty much all of our platform, including the Monkey infrastructure, over the rest of this year,' says Adrian Cockcroft, the Director of Cloud Architecture at Netflix. 'We will be doing bits and pieces of it through the summer and into the fall.'"

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