Abema TV Case Study


AbemaTV is an Internet media-services company that operates one of Japan's leading streaming platforms, FRESH! by AbemaTV. Today FRESH! by AbemaTV offers roughly 1,400 channels and approximately 37,000 programs, ranging from broadcasters' streaming services to original series developed by CyberAgent, the parent company of AbemaTV. AbemaTV uses an Amazon Aurora data store for its write-intensive microservices—such as timelines and chat—and a MySQL database on Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) for the remaining microservices APIs. All the APIs are fronted by Amazon CloudFront and Amazon API Gateway. For processes that might affect API response time, AbemaTV implemented a set of workers who receive jobs through an Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS) queue.

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Amazon EC2 Container Service is essential to build our microservices with high availability, stability and benefit from various AWS services."

Akinori Yamada
Engineering Group, Abema TV

The Challenge

  • AbemaTV decided to implement all of its FRESH! by AbemaTV microservices as Docker containers.
  • For local development, AbemaTV engineers have been using Docker and Docker Compose.
  • Very few engineers had experience deploying Docker containers in a production environment at the scale required. In addition, there was no internal track record when it came to operating a full-scale container-management solution.

Why Amazon Web Services

  • AbemaTV decided to use Amazon EC2 Container Service (Amazon ECS), a highly scalable container-management service that provides cluster management and container orchestration.
  • The company started evaluating Amazon ECS as soon as it became available in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region in Spring 2015.
  • It took the company only a few weeks to go from evaluation to its first development environment on Amazon ECS.
  • The company developed a custom tool, ecs-formation, to simplify the development workflow and enable engineers to deploy Docker Compose applications to Amazon ECS.
  • In addition to this custom tool, AbemaTV makes use of CircleCI—an AWS Partner Network Advanced Technology Partner—to easily build and deploy services to Amazon ECS.

The Benefits

  • Amazon ECS eliminates the need to install and operate a cluster and container-management software; this reduces management needs for running containers at scale, and speeds time to market.
  • It only took two months for the AbemaTV team to get ready for full-scale operations, including task automatic scaling.
  • Using Docker and Amazon ECS, engineers no longer need to worry about environment consistency; issues generated from environmental differences almost entirely stopped.
  • The essential parameter in the Amazon ECS Task Definition is an additional benefit and contributing factor to the company’s overall system stability. If the essential parameter of a container is marked as true, and that container fails, all other containers that are part of the task are stopped as well, preventing side effects from a single container's failure from spreading to other containers.
  • Since it started using Amazon ECS, AbemaTV has achieved more than 99.9 percent service availability.

About Abema TV

AbemaTV is an Internet media-services company that operates one of Japan's leading streaming platforms, FRESH! by AbemaTV.

Benefits of AWS

  • Eliminates the need to install and operate cluster and container-management software
  • Speeds time to market
  • Automates environment consistency

AWS Services Used

Amazon ECS

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) is a highly scalable, high-performance container orchestration service that supports Docker containers and allows you to easily run and scale containerized applications on AWS.

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