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The Netflix API lets you access data for 100,000 movie and TV episode titles on DVD as well as Netflix account access on a user’s behalf. Netflix has over 2 billion movie ratings in its database and Netflix ships more than 2 million DVDs on a typical day. The free API allows for commercial use. OAuth standard security to allow the subscriber to control which applications can access the service on his or her behalf.
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The popular microservices architecture for applications distributes small tasks among a suite of independently-deployable services that work in conjunction to create a larger application. This style relies on service discovery on dynamic systems, as discussed in this microservices overview.
Hystrix: it's the genus name for "Old World" porcupines, and it's also the latest release from Netflix. But you won't see it in their catalog of movie and TV titles, and you can't add it to your queue, because it's not content--it's how Netflix makes sure its content is highly available. Now, Netflix has made Hystrix open source, for anyone using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to implement in their own cloud applications. Read on for details on this "resilience engineering" code library.