Netflix open-sources its microservices orchestrator
From InfoWorld: Netflix has developed a microservices orchestrator called Conductor and is now offering it via open source.
Inspired by the company's need to run business processes for streaming titles worldwide, Conductor was built as a cloud-based orchestration engine. It manages workflows, can pause and restart processes, and uses a JSON DSL-based blueprint to define execution flow. It also features a user interface to visualize process flows and can scale to millions of concurrently running process flows.
Conductor has been in use at Netflix for almost a year. "To date, it has helped orchestrate more than 2.6 million process flows ranging from simple linear workflows to very complex dynamic workflows that run over multiple days," Netflix said in a bulletin. The company is open-sourcing the technology in order to learn from others with similar needs and enhance the software.
With microservices, business process automations are driven by orchestrating across services, Netflix said. "Conductor enables orchestration across services while providing control and visibility into their interactions. Having the ability to orchestrate across microservices also helped us in leveraging existing services to build new flows or update existing flows to use Conductor very quickly, effectively providing an easier route to adoption."
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