Netflix has released Chaos Monkey, which it uses internally to test the resiliency of its Amazon Web Services cloud computing architecture, making available for free one of the tools the video streaming company uses to keep its massive cloud computing architecture running.
Chaos Monkey is a free download available from GitHub as of today. It works by randomly terminating instances of virtual machines in applications, simulating what would happen during a disaster event. “The best defense against major unexpected failures is to fail often,” Netflix officials wrote in the blog post titled “Chaos Monkey released into the wild.”
Just how secure public cloud computing offerings are from providers has come into focus this summer as Amazon Web Services suffered a significant outage that brought down Netflix, as well as other media companies Instagram and Pinterest. Salesforce.com, the major software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider, was hit with two outages in as many weeks earlier this summer as well.
Chaos Monkey can be configured to work on the
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