Saturday, October 03, 2015

Ruminating on Netflix Simian Army

A friend of mine introduced me to the a suite of powerful tools used at Netflix for testing the resilience and availability of their services. The suite of tools is called 'Simian Army', which essentially is a collection of tools such as 'Chaos Monkey', 'Latency Monkey', 'Security Monkey', etc.

I was aware that Netflix runs its entire IT infrastructure on AWS and was happy to hear that all the tools are available on Github here - https://github.com/Netflix/SimianArmy/wiki

A good introduction to the genesis behind these tools is given on the Netflix blog here - http://techblog.netflix.com/2011/07/netflix-simian-army.html

Another interesting blog on the lessons that Netflix learned after migrating to AWS is available here.