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Netflix 在 EC2 上調整的參數

Brendan GreggNetflixEC2 上調整的參數整理了出來:「AWS re:Invent 2017: How Netflix Tunes EC2」。

這些參數在 2017 的 AWS re:Invent 時有講到,他整理出來讓大家更方便參考:

My last talk for 2017 was at AWS re:Invent, on "How Netflix Tunes EC2 Instances for Performance," an updated version of my 2014 talk.

裡面有提到這是針對 Ubuntu 16.04 的調整 (而且是在 2017 年的版本,應該是 16.04.3?),用之前請理解每個參數:

WARNING: These tunables were developed in late 2017, for Ubuntu Xenial instances on EC2.

Netflix 對 Landing Page 的效能改善計畫...

幹掉 React (噗):

官方帳號丟戰文出來... 後面就有人開始亂 XDDD

不過先拉回來看... 依照說明,其他頁面都還是跑 React,只有 Landing Page 被改寫,看起來 Landing Page 的 TTI (Time to Interactive) 是他們的 KPI,所以就被拿出來另外處理了...

當然也有可能有其他的陰謀論 (而且我覺得可能性是在的):因為之前 React 的專利問題,變成之後 Facebook 如果真的出手提出告訴,會以惡意侵權來告 (因為鬧這麼大以後,沒有理由裝作不知道了)。這次只換 Landing Page 可以當作是試水溫練功 (累積 migration 的經驗),後續再換內頁...

Netflix 在美國漲價

Okay,所以 Netflix 在美國的價錢漲了:「Netflix Is Increasing Its Monthly Subscription Cost」。

基本版不變:

The basic streaming plan, which only allows for streaming on only one screen at a time, will remain at $7.99 a month.

雙螢幕版漲 $1 變成 $10.99:

The company’s most popular plan — which allows customers to stream titles on two devices with a single account — will increase by $1 to $10.99 a month.

四螢幕版漲 $2 變成 $13.99:

The premium plan — which allows customers to use the same account for four screens at once — will increase by $2 to $13.99 a month.

紐約時報的說明是因為自製成本增加,如果是這樣的話,其他地區也應該有可能會找機會漲?

The price hike arrives as Netflix continues to increase production of original TV and movie content. The company said that by the end of the year it will have spent around $6 billion for original content in 2017. In August, Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, told Variety that the company planned to spend about $7 billion for original programming next year.

Netflix 對於拍攝影片的要求

Netflix 對於拍攝影片的要求直接放在網站上:「Production and Post-Production Requirements v2.1」。

Provide a set of technical requirements for production and post-production workflows to ensure that a high level of quality is maintained throughout the lifecycle of a project from capture to archive. This serves the purpose of future-proofing the content as the Netflix platform and viewing experience continue to evolve.

裡面有提到一些產品,這些資訊其實可以當作採購指南用... (當預算有到這個 range 時 XD)

不過動畫會怎麼算啊 XDDD (應該是另外的 requirement?)

利用 Side-channel 資訊判斷被 HTTPS 保護的 Netflix 影片資訊

在「Netflix found to leak information on HTTPS-protected videos」這篇看到了研究員透過 VBR 所透露出的 side channel 資訊,成功的取得了被 HTTPS 保護的 Netflix 影片資訊。這對於美國的 ISP 是個大利多 (加上之前通過的法案),但對於個人隱私則是嚴重的打擊。

這項研究的準確率非常高:

To support our analysis, we created a fingerprint database comprised of 42,027 Netflix videos. Given this collection of fingerprints, we show that our system can differentiate between videos with greater than 99.99% accuracy. Moreover, when tested against 200 random 20-minute video streams, our system identified 99.5% of the videos with the majority of the identifications occurring less than two and a half minutes into the video stream.

而且他們居然是用這樣的單機分析:

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苦啊...

所以 Netflix 也往 Google Cloud Platform 嘗試了...

看到「Netflix Security Monkey on Google Cloud Platform」這則消息,看起來 Netflix 也往 Google Cloud Platform 在嘗試了。

Netflix Security Monkey 本來是對 AWS 分析,現在則是開始支援 GCP (雖然還在 beta):

Security Monkey monitors policy changes and alerts on insecure configurations in an AWS account. While Security Monkey’s main purpose is security, it also proves a useful tool for tracking down potential problems as it is essentially a change tracking system.

YouTube 開始與內容商合作,推出 YouTube TV 服務

YouTube 推出 YouTube TV 服務:「Finally, live TV made for you」。

直接打了幾個大頻道,尤其是運動類的頻道:

Live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks and dozens of popular cable networks.

比較完整的頻道資訊可以參考這張:

可以錄影:

A cloud DVR, with no storage limits.

跨電腦、平板與手機:

A service that works great on all your screens.

價錢也只有目前常態性的一半 (相較於買比較完整的 cable 方案),USD$35/month,而且不用簽長期合約:

Half the cost of cable with zero commitments. A YouTube TV membership is only $35 a month and there are no commitments—you can cancel anytime.

這的確有殺傷性了... 加上 YouTube 的需求所累積的頻寬,應該會比起 Netflix 當時遇到的問題少?

服務當掉後的偵測

CNN 這篇「Netflix goes down. Twitter blows up」提到了昨天 Netflix 當了好幾個小時的情況。裡面提到了 Down Detector 這個服務:

Downdetector -- which monitors outage complaints online -- reported more than 13,000 posts from users all over the world Saturday afternoon.

到 Down Detector 網站上看,這個服務有一部份是從 social network 上挖資料:

Downdetector collects status reports from a series of sources. Through a realtime analysis of this data, our system is able to automatically determine outages and service interruptions at a very early stage. One of the sources that we analyse are reports on Twitter.

甚至還可以挖出是全域性的還是區域性的 outage...

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