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Titus: Introducing Containers to the Netflix Cloud

Titus: Introducing Containers to the Netflix Cloud, illustration

Credit: Alicia Kubista / Andrij Borys Associates

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In 2008, Netflix went all-in on cloud migration and began moving its entire internally hosted infrastructure to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Today almost all of Netflix runs on virtual machines (VMs) in AWS. A customer's catalog browsing experience, content recommendation calculations, and payments are all served from AWS.

Over the years Netflix has helped craft many cloud-native patterns, such as loosely coupled microservices and immutable infrastructure that have become industry best practices. The all-in migration to the cloud has been hugely successful for Netflix. Despite already having a successful cloud-native architecture, Netflix is investing in container technology.


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