Netflix has built up a cult following in the IT world for the work it has done developing software that bends the Amazon Web Services cloud platform to Netflix’s will. One of its shining stars is Asgard, a web interface that lets engineers and developers manage their AWS infrastructure using a GUI rather than a command line. Now, Paypal has rebuilt Asgard to run on OpenStack, the open source cloud platform that Rackspace helped developed with a primary purpose of competing with AWS.
Paypal’s version of Asgard is called Aurora, and the company actually submitted it as part of the Netflix OSS Cloud Prize competition. However, a recent Netflix blog post announcing the competition’s 20 finalists (Aurora is one of them) suggests Paypal actually created it for its own use:
“When Paypal decided they wanted a developer oriented console for their OpenStack based private cloud they took a look at Asgard and realized that it was close enough to what they wanted, so they could use it as a starting point. Anand Palanisamy (paypal, San Jose, California) submitted Aurora, their fork of Asgard, as a prize entry, and demonstrated it running at one of the Netflix meetups.”