Netflix has made available as open source many of its internally developed infrastructure management products. These include facilities for automatically scaling a service's hardware footprint and resources, as well as software for monitoring and maintaining the resiliency of all the supporting infrastructure. All this software stems from Netflix’s need to bend AWS to its will and to make the use of AWS as streamlined and as efficient as possible to meet its demand, demands that are unique in scale and scope. The impact on the software industry has been massive. As Matt Asay, vice president of business development and corporate strategy at MongoDB, observed in a recent blog: “Amazon may well be the most important infrastructure company in the industry today, given its dominant role in public cloud infrastructure. But the company making that infrastructure sing, regularly releasing code that enables companies to optimise their cloud applications, is Netflix. While Netflix isn't a software vendor, it's quickly establishing itself as one of the industry's most important software companies.” In addition to the Simian Army, Netflix’s open source contributions include deployment web interface Asgard, live configuration manager Archaius, the Eureka service registry for load balancing, application monitoring library Servo, AWS object lifecycle logger Edda and client-side framework Odin. However there is nothing altruistic about this generosity. As Asay points out: “The company is looking for the best and brightest developers, and knows that the best developers generally want to be involved in open source. By contributing its own code and publicising it through events, Netflix ensures itself a steady stream of recruits. ... It's also a way to ... improve it through others' contributions, be they in the form of code or simply feedback.” There’s also another aspect. James Staten, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research has been reported suggesting that if enough developers adapt Netflix’s open source software for use on other clouds, it may eventually make it easier for Netflix to migrate to a cloud provider other than AWS. Netflix almost single handedly levelling the playing field and removing the barriers that presently make it hard to migrate applications from one cloud to another? That’s an interesting prospect. For anyone keen to learn about Netflix’s contribution to open source there will be full day workshops at the YOW Conferences in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in December. During the workshops Adrian Cockcroft, director of architecture for the cloud at Netflix and Ben Christensen, Netflix’s manager of APIs, will explain how Netflix and AWS deliver streaming services to millions of users supporting hundreds of different client devices from mobile phones, set-top boxes, gaming devices and PCs. // "); // ]]>

YOW! is bringing 35+ international experts for a series of Conferences and Workshops in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in December 2013. Learn from the experts while networking with top IT professionals in Australia.....more

Melbourne 5 – 6 Dec
Brisbane 9 – 10 Dec
Sydney 12 – 13 Dec
Melbourne 3 – 4 Dec
Brisbane 11 Dec
Sydney 3,10 – 11 Dec
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