Netflix Cloud Prize: We won for "best app"
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Good news! Yesterday, IBM won the Netflix Open Source Software (OSS) Cloud Prize for the Best Cloud Application. It is fantastic to see the industry’s recognition of our leadership in innovating cloud native applications and the importance of open standards in driving high value cloud capabilities. Netflix launched this campaign in an effort to tap into an open developer ecosystem to enable cloud service innovation. The award was presented to, Andrew Spyker, from my team, at Amazon's re:Invent conference in Las Vegas for the best cloud application. Andrew collaborated with Jonathan Bond to make this submission as I’ve described in an earlier blog post.
Judged by a panel of industry experts, our team created an interactive application delivered via a mobile experience that acts as a tutorial for using the Netflix OSS services. The application called “Acme Air” represents an airline application that operates at “web scale,” handling an extremely high volume of concurrent requests.
For this contest, we delivered code, machine images, documentation and videos that show how a user can bring the entire cloud service up with the application running in less than two hours instead of days. In addition, AcmeAir demonstrates our ability to scale to more than a billion requests per day, exceeding the criteria for the Prog
As part of this contest, we were also named a finalist in the Portability category. Andrew and team ported the Netflix OSS Cloud Platform to the IBM SoftLayer public cloud. We also explored the port to OpenStack to further demonstrate our commitment to open standards and demonstrated how the Netflix cloud platform could be used in public clouds and on-premise.
Congratulations to Andrew, Jonathan and team for this fantastic accomplishment.
Now we are off applying our learning to new cloud services we are developing on SoftLayer. More on that later.
[Pictured above... Jerry (left), Andrew (right) holding "the Cloud Monkey"]