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Is Netflix's Monkey the Next Cloud Vaccine?

Richard Saintvilus
March 1, 2013

I'm beginning to realize that nobody truly knows what the cloud is. But they sure as heck understand that they need some form of it if they care to survive. And according to Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), a part of that survival is failure and doing so as often as possible.

To that end, the company has created Chaos Monkey, a service that runs in the Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Web Services, or AWS, that seeks out to terminate what is called Auto Scaling Groups. For those unfamiliar with the cloud, this is an absolutely brilliant tool. Netflix designed the software to be flexible enough to work with other cloud providers and can scale to any existing network. And you thought all Netflix did was stream movies.

However, this underscores my frustration with calling writers thinking they have fully grasped this cloud concept, to the extent that they can distinguish between what is real and what is fake, which made no sense at all. I've recently felt the urge to come to Oracle's (NASDAQ: ORCL) defense after a barrage of stories surfaced launching accusations at the company's service delivery model. The nerve it requires to discredit what is still essentially a theory didn't sit well with me. Understandably, it didn't sit well with many Oracle supporters, either.

In the case of Netflix and Amazon, these two companies have a lot more in common than their high-priced stocks. They are brilliant innovators with revolutionary visionaries running their businesses. While everyone focuses on their heated streaming mov