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What is SkyDNS?

SkyDNS is a distributed service for announcement and discovery of services. It leverages Raft for high-availability and consensus, and utilizes DNS queries to discover available services. This is done by leveraging SRV records in DNS, with special meaning given to subdomains, priorities and weights (more info here:

What is SmartStack?

Scaling a web infrastructure requires services, and building a service-oriented infrastructure is hard. Make it EASY, with SmartStack’s automated, transparent service discovery and registration: cruise control for your distributed infrastructure.

What is Zookeeper?

A centralized service for maintaining configuration information, naming, providing distributed synchronization, and providing group services. All of these kinds of services are used in some form or another by distributed applications.

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          What are some alternatives to SkyDNS, SmartStack, and Zookeeper?
          Consul is a tool for service discovery and configuration. Consul is distributed, highly available, and extremely scalable.
          CoreDNS is a DNS server. It is written in Go. It can be used in a multitude of environments because of its flexibility
          etcd is a distributed key value store that provides a reliable way to store data across a cluster of machines. It’s open-source and available on GitHub. etcd gracefully handles master elections during network partitions and will tolerate machine failure, including the master.
          Eureka is a REST (Representational State Transfer) based service that is primarily used in the AWS cloud for locating services for the purpose of load balancing and failover of middle-tier servers.
          The main goal of this project is to provide simple and robust facilities for loadbalancing and high-availability to Linux system and Linux based infrastructures.
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          Soundcloud uses ZookeeperZookeeper

          Initially, Stitch only supported real-time updates and addressed this problem with a MapReduce job named The Restorator that performed the following actions:

          • Calculated the expected totals
          • Queried Cassandra to get the values it had for each counter
          • Calculated the increments needed to apply to fix the counters
          • Applied the increments

          Meanwhile, to stop the sand shifting under its feet, The Restorator needed to coordinate a locking system between itself and the real-time processors, so that the processors did not try to simultaneously apply increments to the same counter, resulting in a race-condition. It used ZooKeeper for this.

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          Pinterest uses ZookeeperZookeeper

          Like many large scale web sites, Pinterest’s infrastructure consists of servers that communicate with backend services composed of a number of individual servers for managing load and fault tolerance. Ideally, we’d like the configuration to reflect only the active hosts, so clients don’t need to deal with bad hosts as often. ZooKeeper provides a well known pattern to solve this problem.

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          Pinterest uses ZookeeperZookeeper

          Zookeeper manages our state, and tells each node what version of code it should be running.

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          Ralic Lo uses ZookeeperZookeeper

          Used Zookeeper as the resource management system for Mesos/Marathon services.

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          Nurul Ferdous uses ZookeeperZookeeper

          Maintain a distributed cluster for search index

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