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Make Data Work
September 25–26, 2017: Training
September 26–28, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Enabling data science self-service with the Elastic Data Platform (sponsored by Dell EMC)

Bala Chandrasekaran (Barclays)
1:15pm1:55pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Location: 1A 03
Average rating: ****.
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What you'll learn

  • Explore the Elastic Data Platform, which gives data scientists the ability to self-serve sandbox environments


Barclays had successfully deployed a data lake to transition away from an enterprise data warehouse, but the challenge the company faced with enterprise adoption was to get the data in the hands of the users as quickly as possible while preventing data sprawl and maintaining the integrity and consistency of the system. Barclays and Dell EMC have partnered on the deployment of a solution called the Elastic Data Platform, based on five principles: ease of data provisioning, tailored and isolated work environments, scalability and elasticity of the platform, data security, and a hybrid-cloud deployment model.

Ankit Tharwani offers an overview of this platform, which gives data scientists the ability to provision their own environments and scale them up or down (by adding or removing compute nodes) using BlueData EPIC to deploy Cloudera and Spark Docker containers. Additionally, the compute layer of the environment was decoupled from the storage layer and deployed in a tiered architecture using Dell EMC Isilon. Ankit details Barclays’s journey for adoption, the architecture for the solution, and the underlying technologies that enable it.

This session is sponsored by Dell EMC.

Bala Chandrasekaran


Bala Chandrasekaran is a managing director at Barclays, where he heads up data platforms and services for the company’s UK Division ad leads numerous transformative data initiatives, including setting up the new data warehouse, operational data store, and machine learning capability for the bank. Bala has over 25 years of experience working at the intersection of financial services and technology, with a diverse international experience spanning multiple continents in varied roles from conceptualization and design to development and deployment of complex core banking systems.

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09/29/2017 6:36am EDT

Would it be possible to get the slides please? This was a very interesting presentation.