Netflix’s Open Source Orchestrator, Conductor, May Prove the Limits of Ordinary Scalability


It’s one thing to imagine your data center running a little bit, or a lot, like Google. It’s another thing entirely to imagine it working like Netflix. Nevertheless, for anyone who is so inclined, Netflix released into open source last month the orchestration engine its engineers developed for running its entire operation in the cloud — specifically, on Amazon’s cloud. It could very well be the engine for the world’s single most sophisticated distributed processing system.

So the question, for our sake, becomes, does it scale down? More to the point, if Netflix’ good ideas remain just as good on a smaller scale, then does Conductor hold an advantage over little ol’ Kubernetes open source container orchestration engine to which we need to be paying attention?

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