Mar 15–18, 2020

Architectural patterns for business continuity and disaster recovery: Applied to Flipkart

Utkarsh B (Flipkart), Giridhar Yasa (Flipkart)
1:45pm2:25pm Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Location: LL21 C

Who is this presentation for?

Data engineers, data architects, developers



Description is one the largest online marketplaces with 160 million+ customers transacting on the entire range of product categories on the platform. The Big Billion Day in India, where the frenzy of shopping is unprecedented, parallels Black Friday in the US and Singles Day in China. This adds to the complexity and the stakes involved in ensuring the business continuity solution is holistic and relevant to the business constructs.

Utkarsh B. and Giridhar Yasa lead a deep dive into each of the problem characteristics, the challenges, the architecture patterns, and the paradigms Flipkart applied. They cover continuity of customer sessions across data centers in the event of a degradation or disaster; bounded consistency of transactional data required for functional correctness (e.g., inventory count, pricing, offers, and customer orders); data protection and data management techniques that simplify business continuity solutions, given that the entire footprint is large; systemized orchestration of disaster recovery to ensure a bounded recovery time objective (RTO); network and infra fabric that ensures resiliency; and graceful degradation techniques while serving live traffic.

These pose multiple challenges when there’s a large diversity in the nature of the applications covering live customer transactions, accounting, big data platforms, and asset-heavy systems like warehousing.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with architecture principles and best practices, big data management, and application development

What you'll learn

  • Learn to leverage architectural patterns and the application of heuristics based on Flipkart's experience
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Utkarsh B


Utkarsh B. is the technology advisor to the CEO, a distinguished architect, and a senior principal architect at Flipkart. He’s been driving architectural blueprints and coherence across diverse platforms in Flipkart through multiple generations of their evolution and leveraging technology to solve for scale, resilience, business continuity, and disaster recovery. He has extensive experience (18+ years) in building platforms across a wide spectrum of technical and functional problem domains.

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Giridhar Yasa


Giridhar Yasa is a principal architect at Flipkart. He’s a technology leader with a consistent track record of leading teams from concept to successful delivery of complex software products. He has solid team creation and mentoring skills and multiple peer-reviewed journal and conference papers with citations and patents. His specialties are distributed systems, scalable software system architecture, storage software, networking and internet protocols, mobile communication protocols, system performance, free software, open source software, languages and tools, C, C++, Python, Unix-like operating systems, and Debian.

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