Gremlin

San Jose, CA, USA
2016
  |  By Andre Newman
Migrating to a new platform can often feel like navigating a maze of technical challenges, especially when the platform is as complex as Kubernetes. Kubernetes has a vast number of features designed to help with deploying and managing large applications, but learning how to use it effectively can be just as challenging as‌ moving your workloads over. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible, of course, and there are several strategies for easing this process.
  |  By Andre Newman
Microservices have forever changed the way we build applications. Tools like Docker and Kubernetes made microservice-based architectures widely accessible to software developers, and cloud platforms like Amazon EKS made deploying containers fast and inexpensive. They've also enabled even small engineering teams to deploy code faster, leverage fault tolerance and redundancy, scale more efficiently, and take full ownership of their services from development all the way into production.
  |  By Andre Newman
Redundancy is a core tenet of cloud computing. While major cloud platforms have high targets for reliability, they can still fail, and it’s important for teams to have a plan for when they do. But how can you build services that can withstand something as disruptive as a datacenter outage? In this blog, we’ll show you how to prepare for availability zone outages by proactively detecting services operating in a single zone.
  |  By Gavin Cahill
It’s one thing to say that reliability is a priority for your organization, and a whole other thing to make actual, demonstrable improvements in the availability of your applications. Sadly, it’s common for organizations to invest time, money, and effort into improving reliability only to barely nudge the needle on incidents and downtime. But there are hundreds of companies successfully improving their reliability posture—and doing it at enterprise scale.
  |  By Ryan Detwiller
Enacted by the European Union, the Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA) establishes new standards for digital operational resilience in the financial sector. DORA changes the financial sector's approach to digital security and resilience by imposing stringent Information and Communication Technology (ICT) risk management, incident reporting, third-party risk management, and regular testing.
  |  By Andre Newman
In an earlier blog, we looked at slow dependencies and how they can impact the reliability of other services. While we explored what happens when dependencies are degraded, what happens when dependencies outright fail? What can you do when your application or service sends a request to another service, and nothing comes back? We’ll answer this question by using Gremlin to proactively test a service with multiple dependencies.
  |  By Andre Newman
When discussing reliability, we tend to focus on the things that we have control over: applications, virtual machine instances, deployment patterns, etc. But this ignores a significant and ever-growing part of nearly all modern software: dependencies. Dependencies are services that provide extra functionality for other services and applications. For instance, many websites depend on databases, caches, payment processors, and similar services in order to function.
  |  By Jeff Nickoloff
It’s never easy when layoffs hit your organization. In addition to the personal impact of losing friends and coworkers from your team, those who remain are left trying to achieve the same business goals with less people and resources. Unfortunately, layoffs and restructuring have become a common part of business. But you’re not alone. Your partners (including Gremlin) are here to help you navigate your new reality.
  |  By Andre Newman
As complex as Kubernetes is, much of it can be distilled to one simple question: how do we keep containers available for as long as possible? All of the various utilities, features, platform integrations, and observability tools surrounding Kubernetes tend to serve this one goal. Unfortunately, this also means there’s a lot of complexity and confusion surrounding this topic. After all, most people would agree that availability is important, but how exactly do you go about achieving it?
  |  By Andre Newman
Redundancy is a core strength of Kubernetes. Whenever a component fails, such as a Pod or deployment, Kubernetes can usually automatically detect and replace it without any human intervention. This saves DevOps teams a ton of time and lets them focus on developing and deploying applications, rather than managing infrastructure.
  |  By Gremlin
Check out how Nagarro used Gremlin to help a client prevent a cascading failure before it caused an outage. "Once we had tested a critical software that was doing millions of online transactions on a daily basis. The design was fail safe, providing redundancy on critical services by having multiple instances deployed on different VMs. What we did was we ran a virtual machine terminate test to bring down an instance of that service with the hypothesis that it will recover automatically. Well, the service did recover automatically, but the system saw a cascading failure.
  |  By Gremlin
Are you making really reliability a priority? Or are you just giving it lip service? "At Amazon, I was part of the retail website. Outages were lost money, lost money was bad. So Amazon cared deeply about this. That was part of it. The other part was it was part of the engineering culture. When I arrived, one of the things I was told was, we expect you to write high quality, performant, efficient, available code. It's just everybody.
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Part of the Gremlin Office Hours series: A monthly deep dive with Gremlin experts. Ad-hoc Chaos Engineering experiments are great for learning more about how your systems work, but they don’t tell you how your systems behave over time. As new features get deployed, environments change, and regressions get introduced, even the most resilient systems can gain reliability risks. QA and performance testing are already built into CI/CD - why not reliability?
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In today's competitive landscape, migrating to the cloud brings substantial benefits, but the cloud’s new architectures and tools also bring new reliability risks and considerations. The challenge: Enterprises have to figure out how to capitalize on the benefits of the cloud while ensuring a seamless, reliable transition. This webinar offers a look at how to provide application reliability before, during, and after migrations with AWS and Gremlin.
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Reliability and resilience in the cloud requires a different approach. Thankfully, the AWS Well-Architected Framework is a proven blueprint for cloud architects and engineering leaders seeking to design and operate resilient systems on AWS.
  |  By Gremlin
Part of the Gremlin Office Hours series: A monthly deep dive with Gremlin experts. Do you know if your services can tolerate losing a node? What about an entire availability zone? Or a region?‍ Large-scale outages aren’t unheard of. When you’re running critical services, it’s vital that those services can keep running even if an AZ or region fails. In addition to failing over, these services also need to scale quickly so traffic shifts don’t overwhelm your systems. How do you prove that a service is both scalable and redundant? The answer is with Fault Injection.
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Part of the Gremlin Office Hours series: A monthly deep dive with Gremlin experts. Most Kubernetes clusters have reliability risks lurking just below the surface. You could spend hours or even days manually finding these risks, but what if someone could find them for you? With Detected Risks, Gremlin automates the work involved in finding and tracking reliability risks across your Kubernetes clusters. Surface failed Pods, mismatched image versions, missing resource definitions, and single points of failure, all without having to run a single test.
  |  By Gremlin
Part of the Gremlin Office Hours series: A monthly deep dive with Gremlin experts. Pop quiz—what are all of the dependencies your services rely on? If you’re like most engineers, you probably struggled to come up with the answer. Modern applications are complex and rely on dozens (if not hundreds) of dependencies. Many teams rely on spreadsheets, but manual processes like these break down over time. What if you had a tool that found and tracked dependencies for you?
  |  By Gremlin
Learn how to automatically find and fix the most critical Kubernetes reliability risks in enterprise organizations. Recent research shows that nearly every organization has reliability risks in their Kubernetes clusters. Many of them are caused by simple misconfiguration, but they can have devastating consequences—including taking critical services offline. And while you could manually review every Kubernetes deployment, the speed and scale at which most organizations deploy to Kubernetes makes that impractical.
  |  By Gremlin
Join Gremlin CTO and Founder Kolton Andrus to hear practical strategies for building a collaborative culture of reliability. High-velocity DevOps orgs and complex cloud-native architectures have made reliability harder than ever. Organizations are turning to SREs to make sure systems are reliable, but with so many stakeholders and competing priorities, many companies are still struggling to get ahead of the outages and incidents—SREs simply can't do it all by themselves.
  |  By Gremlin
Systems fail, sometimes publicly and at great cost. Airlines have experienced system-wide ticketing outages, causing hundreds of flight cancellations and significant inconvenience to customers. Retailers have experienced website crashes on the busiest shopping days of the year, costing millions in lost revenue and customer goodwill. It is vital to understand both DevOps and SRE and the roles they play in preventing such outages.
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Gremlin provides a variety of ways to test the resilience of your systems, which we call "attacks". Running different attacks lets you uncover unexpected behaviors, validate resilience mechanisms, and improve the overall reliability of your systems and services. This ebook explains each of Gremlin's attacks in complete detail, including what each attack does, how it impacts your systems, and the technical and business objectives the attack helps solve.
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Learn the basics of Chaos Engineering: discover the tools, tests, and culture needed to create better software and prevent outages and downtime. This whitepaper provides a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of Chaos Engineering including why it is more needed than ever, how to get started, and best practices to maximize learnings and reduce risk.
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By following this guide, you'll successfully increase your organization's reliability with minimal effort and risk. This document will serve as your guide to implementing Chaos Engineering and Gremlin within your organization. From educating your team on the principles of Chaos Engineering to running automated experiments, this guide will walk through each stage of the adoption process in order to ensure a smooth and successful rollout.
  |  By Gremlin
Amazon DynamoDB is fast, powerful, and intended for high availability. These are all valuable attributes in a data storage solution, but to be useful as advertised, it must be configured thoughtfully. Learn how to use Chaos Engineering to ensure DynamoDB performs the way you expect. In this guide, we cover: Amazon DynamoDB is one of the most popular NoSQL databases and is the data store of choice for many teams running production workloads in AWS.
  |  By Gremlin
Win over and convince your coworkers and management to explore and adopt Chaos Engineering and Site Reliability Engineering (SRE). The playbook provides ideas and techniques that can be used to articulate the need and benefits to internal stakeholders in your organization. It also guides the initial implementation in a way that will lead to success and growth across the organization. Implementing something new like Chaos Engineering successfully is a good way to get promoted and help the organization succeed, and this guide is here to help you.
  |  By Gremlin
MongoDB is designed for performance, scale, and high-availability. But, as with any software, you need to test your configuration to verify that it will work as advertised. Ensure that MongoDB performs the way you expect by using Chaos Engineering to test four key features. This guide includes four experiment tutorials to verify that MongoDB will perform reliably: In order to ensure you get the most out of MongoDB's rich features, including built-in data sharding and replication, it's crucial to test your configuration.

Gremlin aims to make the internet more reliable and prevent costly and reputation-damaging outages. Its failure-as-a-service platform empowers engineers to build more resilient systems through safe experimentation.

Downtime is expensive and can hurt your brand. Gremlin provides engineers with the framework to safely, securely, and easily simulate real outages with an ever-growing library of attacks. Turn failure into resilience with chaos engineering.

Build resilient infrastructure:

  • Resource Gremlins: Throttle CPU, Memory, I/O, and Disk.
  • State Gremlins: Reboot hosts, kill processes, travel in time.
  • Network Gremlins: Introduce latency, blackhole traffic, lose packets, fail DNS.

Test for application failure:

  • Test for failure in your code.
  • Fail or delay serverless functions.
  • Narrow the impact to a single user, device, or percentage of traffic.

Avoid downtime. Use Gremlin to turn failure into resilience.