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Server and Network Operations Automation at Dropbox

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Server and Network Operations Automation at Dropbox

Dropbox's engineering team wrote about their network and server provisioning and validation automation tool called Pirlo. Pirlo has a pluggable architecture based on a MySQL backed custom job queue implementation.

Dropbox runs its own datacenters. The Pirlo set of tools consists of a TOR (top of rack) switch initializer and a server configurator and validator. It runs as worker processes on a generic distributed job queue, built-in house on top of MySQL, with a UI to track the progress of running jobs and visualize past data. Pirlo is built as pluggable modules with plenty of logging at every stage to debug and analyze automation runs. Dropbox has an NRE (Network Reliability Engineering) team, that works on building, automating and monitoring its production network. Most of Dropbox's code is in Python, although it is unclear if Pirlo is written in Python ...

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