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Meet Spinnaker: The Ultimate Multicloud Deployment Tool

Video streaming service Netflix certainly knows a thing or two about web-scale deployments. Since the time of the creation of Chaos Monkey in 2011, the company has been regularly contributing to the open source ecosystem.

In 2012, Netflix developed Asgard to automate Amazon Web Services’ deployments involving Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances, auto scaling groups, launch configurations, and elastic load balancers. Netflix built Asgard to expose a consistent deployment experience for internal teams targeting AWS. It abstracted the underpinnings of EC2 infrastructure through a standard nomenclature and a set of APIs.

By 2015, Asgard developers started to move the software beyond AWS, to support Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure as well. The multicloud avatar of Asgard evolved into a brand new tool called Spinnaker. In its current version, Spinnaker supports a variety of deployment targets including mainstream cloud and container platforms, including OpenStack, DC/OS, Kubernetes, and Cloud Foundry.

Irrespective of the target environment, the deployment experience is always consistent, offering the following capabilities:

  • Enable repeatable automated deployments captured as flexible pipelines and configurable pipeline stages.
  • Provide a global view across all the environments that an application passes through in its deployment pipeline.
  • Offer programmatic configuration and execution via a consistent and reliable API.
  • Be easy to configure, maintain, and extend.
  • Be operationally resilient.
  • Provide the existing benefits of Asgard without a migration.

Read the entire article at The New Stack

Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.