How Spinnaker Revolutionized Software Delivery at Netflix and Beyond

Dec 5, 2019 by Stu Posluns

Andy Glover at AWS re:Invent

Spinnaker is our control plane for AWS. It has all of the visibility into the fleet of instances that we’re leveraging. – Andy Glover, Netflix

Andy Glover, Director of Delivery Engineering at Netflix, and Paul Roberts, Principal Solutions Architect, Strategic Accounts at AWS, just gave a fantastic talk about Spinnaker at re:Invent, where they touched on:

  • How Spinnaker enables application teams by centralizing and automating all of the work of software delivery, letting them focus on their core mission while ensuring that their apps are deployed with the benefit of best-practices learned across the entire organization
  • How Spinnaker is much more than a CD tool — it is a pluggable, extensible software delivery orchestration platform that can deliver:
    • Any inputs (VMs, containers, firmware, feature flags, libraries, etc.)…
    • …through any pipeline stages (validation, security checks, blue/green, automated canary analysis, chaos testing, squeeze testing, etc.)…
    • …to any target (private clouds, all of the major cloud providers and their constituent services, CDNs, etc.)
  • How companies can take Spinnaker’s role as an orchestration platform even further – its position as a “control pane” on top of AWS allows it to have visibility into Netlifx’s entire global fleet of instances, and automatically run batch jobs during utilization troughs in various regions in order to minimize costs
  • How Spinnaker is enabling Netflix to move beyond continuous delivery into a new category of Managed Delivery, where teams don’t even have to define their own Spinnaker pipelines, but rather the platform automatically deploys the application using the ideal pipeline for the specified needs
  • The power of the (fast-growing!) Spinnaker community to drive continuous innovation in the platform
  • How AWS got excited about Spinnaker and went from adding documentation to blogging extensively about the platform to building Clouddrivers and UIs and contributing thousands of lines of code to the open source project
    • In fact, most of the workshops happening at re:Invent are using Spinnaker to deploy their apps!

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