Netflix Open Sources Its Distribution Software

Netflix Open Sources Its Distribution Software

Companies make software open source for a variety of reasons
but often to get the “tech crowd” to freely make improvements
and fix bugs. Linux, which Android is based on, is probably
the best-known. Netflix is making open source its Hystrix
cloud-based software that it uses across hundreds of servers
to distribute videos globally to millions of subscribers.
Netflix, which developed the software, said that using the
software has resulted in “a dramatic improvement in uptime and
resilience.” Other companies and programmers will be able fix
bugs and make improvements, all of which Netflix gets for
free. Of course, Netflix’s competitors and other companies can
now use the software for free. See:
http://techblog.netflix.com/2012/11/hystrix.html

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