Netfilx has been getting more and more attention, and I think part of that reason is they talk about things that go wrong, things that they have learned from. Netflix has learned the lesson that people listen much more when you talk about your mistakes then when you self promote your error free ways.
Netflix's latest move is to release Chaos Monkey to the open source community. Here is their blog post.
Chaos Monkey released into the wildWe have found that the best defense against major unexpected failures is to fail often. By frequently causing failures, we force our services to be built in a way that is more resilient. We are excited to make a long-awaited announcement today that will help others who embrace this approach.We have written about our Simian Army in the past and we are now proud to announce that the source code for the founding member of the Simian Army, Chaos Monkey,is available to the community.Do you think your applications can handle a troop of mischievous monkeys loose in your infrastructure? Now you can find out.
What is Chaos Monkey?