Automate Application Reliability Assessment with Chaos Monkey

Chaos Monkey

Public cloud adoption has become the norm in Enterprises with the recent increasing trend of creating container based cloud-native applications.   Given this IT infrastructure disruption, the developers need to ensure that their applications are reliable during any unplanned outages in the cloud infrastructure. In this blog, we will talk about how to set up and analyze application reliability using Chaos Monkey and Spinnaker platform.

Reliability Testing of Applications
Reliability Testing of Applications

Chaos Monkey tool built by Netflix OSS team is most associated with creating random disruption to your application to help you test the reliability of your services.  Chaos Monkey is an example of a tool that follows the Principles of Chaos Engineering.

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Canary Deployment Gaining Momentum Across AWS Services

AWS

AWS re:Invent 2017 is now in the book with over 45,000 attendees.   AWS continuous to grow in adoption as well as market-leading features being introduced at a record speed.

One of my key takeaways from this year AWS re:Invent is that customers are looking to release their container applications faster and Amazon is providing easier ways to achieve that including the following

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Interested in Contributing to Spinnaker? Attend Spinnaker Code Night

What: A technical meetup where anyone can spend 3 hours working with the Netflix Spinnaker team on contributing to Spinnaker.

Who: – New contributors looking for help getting started- Existing contributors who want a PR looked at or want to pair program- Anyone who wants to conduct technical discussions around features/direction for Spinnaker

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How to Enable Prometheus Monitoring for Kubernetes Cluster

Prometheus

Prometheus, an open-source monitoring, and alerting toolkit is becoming the most popular solution for monitoring Kubernetes cluster for Spinnaker users or otherwise.   To perform manual or automated Red/Black or Canary analysis, having a useful monitoring solution is essential.

In this blog,  we will provide instructions on how to enable Prometheus monitoring for your Kubernetes cluster Continue reading “How to Enable Prometheus Monitoring for Kubernetes Cluster”

Spinnaker Use Cases at Cisco, Intuit and Pure Storage

OpsMx along with Netflix Spinnaker team organized the second Spinnaker meetup in the South Bay.   We had more than 100 Spinnaker users who attended the event.   3 Spinnaker users  (Cisco, Intuit and Pure Storage) shared their use case, learnings and best practices.   Also, Andy Glover from the Netflix Spinnaker team took Q&A from the audience.

If you missed the event,  here are the videos from the event (Note: Intuit Use Case video is no longer available).   If you don’t want to miss future events,  sign up for the meetup group.

Cisco Use Case:

Cisco Spinnaker Use Case
Cisco Spinnaker Use Case

Intuit Use Case:

Intuit Spinnaker Use Case
Intuit Spinnaker Use Case

Pure Storage Use Case:

Pure Storage Spinnaker Use Case
Pure Storage Spinnaker Use Case

Community Q&A – Andy Glover

Spinnaker Community Q&A - Andy Glover
Spinnaker Community Q&A – Andy Glover

Automated Canary Analysis Featured in Spinnaker Summit 2017

250+ Spinnaker community members recently attended the 1st Spinnaker Summit at the Netflix campus in Los Gatos.   Enthusiasm for Spinnaker is high as enterprises look to achieve continuous delivery with safety across multiple clouds.   Users from Netflix, Schibsted, Cloudera, Under Armour,  Capital One, Cisco, Gogo Air, Target,  Scopely, and Cerner shared their use cases and best practices for running Spinnaker in production.

Andy Glover from Netflix started off the event encouraging the community to leverage the Spinnaker for more than as a multi-cloud deployment tool.  One of the key strategies he asked the enterprises to consider is Automated Canary Analysis (ACA)  to achieve safety for their continuous deployment.  Sure enough, a lot of time in the summit was dedicated to discussing the benefits of ACA  and its real-world use cases.  ACA allows for a reliable, less error-prone and safe continuous deployment.

In this blog, I have captured three separate sessions that one should watch to understand ACA for your application deployments better.   If you are interested in evaluating ACA,  please email us at info@opsmx.com and we will glad to provide you guidance and offer a pilot of our OpsMx ACA platform

1:  Canary Analysis at Netflix

2.  Automated Canary Analysis Panel with participation from OpsMx, Google, Netflix, and Armory.

3:  Kayenta: Automated Canary Analysis from Google & Netflix

If you are interested in watching all the summit sessions, check out the complete playlist.

 

Spinnaker MeetUp Video – Essence of and Safety for Continuous Delivery

Total solar eclipse was obviously the biggest news on 8/21/17 but in the Spinnaker world,  the day marked the first meetup for South Bay Spinnaker Meetup at the Netflix campus.

We had 50+ people show up including operators from Cloudera, Cisco, Symantec, etc. which was a great start for our first meetup.

We had two great presentations on the day. In case you missed the event, here are the videos of the talks.

1.  Essence of Continuous Delivery

Andy Glover – Manager, Netflix Engineering Team – Spinnaker Creators

2.  Safety for Continuous Delivery

Gopal Dommety, CEO, OpsMx

For more information about OpsMx solution, check out http://blog.opsmx.com

If you like to be notified of our future events, make sure you sign up for the Meetup.   If you like to speak in one of the future Meetup, please contact the organizers through the Meetup page.

Exciting Spinnaker Meetup on August 21st at NetFlix

If you are an existing Spinnaker user or someone looking to enable Continuous Delivery (CD) in your organization,  don’t miss out on an exciting meetup event happening on August 21st at the Netflix campus in Los Gatos, CA.

We have the Spinnaker founding team and “Father of Spinnaker” – Andy Glover of Netflix Engineering team presenting on the topic of Essence of Continuous Delivery.

If that’s not enough of a motivation, we also have session discussing use cases of Automated Canary Analysis (ACA) for Spinnaker.  As you may recall Canary/ACA stages were introduced recently in Spinnaker 1.1 release.  You may also be interested in our pilot of our automated canary judge.

More information about the meetup can be found here:

Essense of Continuous Deliver/Automated Canary Analysis Use Cases

If you can’t make it on the day, don’t fear we will record it and post it.   If you want to get notified of future events from the Meetup group, make sure to join the group.   We hope to schedule more events in the upcoming months and if you interested in being a speaker, drop a note to info@opsmx.com.

 

Participate in Pilot of Automated Canary Analysis Platform

OpsMx is looking for Spinnaker deployers interested in implementing automated deployment analysis for Canary/Red-Black deployments.  We are looking for high touch pilot engagement with you to help us design our product and in return, you will get to use our product at no cost during the pilot.

Automated Red/Black Analysis in Spinnaker Pipeline

For more information about the benefits and features of our automated release analysis for Spinnaker,  check out the following blog.

Improve Release Safety and Diagnostics Through Automated Canary Analysis for Spinnaker

The pilot is a full-featured SaaS offer of our platform for an unlimited number of pipelines in Spinnaker.  If you are interested in learning more or starting the pilot, submit the form below or e-mail us at info@opsmx.com and we will get you started.

 


Validate Software Releases Through Application Behavior Analysis

Introduction

Enterprises are moving to DevOps model and also adopting agile software development methodologies to accelerate the software deliveries.  As the velocity of software development increases,  the need to speed up the testing and validation also arises.  Enterprises usually do some combination of the following to validate new releases –  functional testing, integration testing,  end-to-end system testing,  user acceptance testing, accessibility testing, load or stress testing, security test and staging environment validation. Another need of these organizations is to find the issues earlier in the testing  cycle as the cost of finding issues later or in production is much higher (Figure 1)

Cost Rises Exponentially if Defects Found in Later Stages of Testing
Figure 1: Cost Rises Exponentially for Defects Found in Later Stages/Production

In this blog, we will look at ways enterprises can leverage automatic in-depth application behavioral based analysis to validate releases quicker, find defects early and spend less time diagnosing the issues.

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