Monday, November 11, 2013

Scryer: Netflix’s Predictive Auto Scaling Engine

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To deliver the best possible experience to Netflix customers around the world, it is critical for us to maintain a robust, scalable, and resilient system. That is why we have built (and open sourced) applications ranging from Hystrix to Chaos Monkey. All of these tools better enable us to prevent or minimize outages, respond effectively to outages, and/or anticipate the kinds of operational gaps that may eventually result in outages. Recently we have built another such tool that has been helping us in this ongoing challenge: Scryer.

Scryer is a new system that allows us to provision the right number of AWS instances needed to handle the traffic of our customers. But Scryer is different from Amazon Auto Scaling (AAS), which reacts to real-time metrics and adjusts instance counts accordingly. Rather, Scryer predicts what the needs will be prior to the time of need and provisions the instances based on those predictions.

This post is the first in a series that will provide greater details on what Scryer is, how it works, how it differs from the Amazon Auto Scaling, and how we employ it at Netflix.

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