I'm fascinated by the magnets. What are they for?!
Netflix has identified denial of service threat to microservices architectures that it's labelled “application DDoS”. Traditional DDoS attacks flood networks with bogus traffic so that infrastructure runs out of resources to serve legitimate users. Netflix characterises an application DDoS attack as one in which attackers “ …
Glad I'm not the only one who thought this, and presumably not the only one who took slight umbrage at the quotes arpund the term application DDOS as if Netflix had coined a new term.
It's great they've released a tool to help, but the attack vector is far from new and a sane developer should already be considering it when designing a new system. If anything, it's a little worrying that Netflix seem not to have thought about it from the outset. Sometimes it's inavoidable, but the tone of the article does make it sound like it came across as a slight surprise.
It does sound like their performance testing may have been limited to using response times as a metric rather than doing proper scalability focused testing.
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