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Make Data Work
March 13–14, 2017: Training
March 14–16, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

The Netflix data platform: Now and in the future

Kurt Brown (Netflix)
11:50am12:30pm Thursday, March 16, 2017
Data engineering and architecture
Location: LL20 A Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics:  Architecture, Media, Platform
Average rating: ****.
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Who is this presentation for?

  • People working in the big data space

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A general familiarity with big data

What you'll learn

  • Understand how to craft a highly functional yet fluid and evolving data platform at massive scale


The Netflix data platform is constantly evolving, but fundamentally it’s an all-cloud platform at a massive scale (40+ PB and over 700 billion new events per day) focused on empowering developers. Kurt Brown dives into the current technology landscape at Netflix and offers some thoughts on what the future holds.

Kurt covers key technologies, such as Spark, Presto, Docker, and Jupyter, along with many broader data ecosystem facets (metadata, insights into jobs run, visualizing big data, etc.) and considerations (e.g., accessibility and necessary compromises). You’ll leave with greater insight into how things work at Netflix and be inspired to re-envision your data platform.

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Kurt Brown


Kurt Brown leads the Data Platform team at Netflix. Kurt’s group architects and manages the technical infrastructure underpinning the company’s analytics, which includes various big data technologies like Hadoop, Spark, and Presto, Netflix open sourced applications and services such as Genie and Lipstick, and traditional BI tools including Tableau and Redshift.

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03/23/2017 7:41am PDT

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