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Chaos Engineering by Ali Basiri, Nora Jones, Aaron Blohowiak, Lorin Hochstein, Casey Rosenthal

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Part III. Chaos In Practice

In Part I and Part II we addressed the motivation for Chaos Engineering and the theory behind the discipline. Putting the theory into practice has its challenges. The software to build, orchestrate, and automate experiments usually doesn’t come for free with any existing system, and even the best framework for chaos needs adoption in order to be useful.

Chaos Engineering originated at Netflix, but its reach now extends throughout tech and into other industries. At conferences we often hear reservations from engineers in other industries like finance who are reluctant to implement chaos because the impact on customers has an immediate and regulated financial impact. We maintain that failures will happen regardless of intention or planning. While running experiments that surface vulnerabilities may cause small negative impacts, it is much better to know about them and control the extent of the impact than to be caught off-guard by the inevitable, large-scale failure. We now see several banks and finance companies adopting Chaos Engineering, providing counterexamples to those in that industry who are hesitant.

Engineers at medical companies have expressed similar hesitations. Sure, a disruption in an entertainment service is inconvenient, and a disruption in a monetary transaction can be confusing and expensive, but any disruption in a healthcare-related technology could put lives on the line. We remind these engineers that many of the principles of western ...

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