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December 5-6, 2016: Training
December 6–8, 2016: Tutorials & Conference

Hadoop as a service at BT: How to build a successful enterprise data hub

12:05pm–12:45pm Thursday, December 8, 2016
Location: Summit 2 Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Knowledge of IT in and enterprise architecture in a large enterprise (e.g., a tier 1 telco)
  • A general understanding of Hadoop architecture (HDFS, YARN, and Spark)

What you'll learn

  • Understand how Hadoop can transform the data architecture of even the largest and most complex enterprises, as illustrated by BT's HaaS


If your organization has Hadoop clusters in research or as point solutions and you’re wondering where you go from there, this session is for you. Drawing on British Telecommunications’s internal Hadoop-as-a-service platform launched in 2014, Phillip Radley explains how to run Hadoop as a service, providing an enterprise-wide data platform hosting hundreds of projects securely and predictably. You’ll learn how to run Hadoop as a service, providing a low-cost scale-out enterprise-wide data platform for hosting hundreds of projects securely and predictably.

Topics include:

  • What a multitenant Hadoop-as-a-service platform is—and isn’t
  • Why build a HaaS platform
  • How to get started—what’s a minimum viable product, how much, and what’s the catch?
  • Who is in charge? Who are the users what are their use cases?
  • Questions you will get asked and how to answer them
  • Hadoop operations rolling upgrades, DevOps, capacity management, SLAs, and support
  • When to invest in new features or infrastructure
  • Where next? Streaming and machine learning with Kafka, Kudu, Spark, Flink, and TensorFlow
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Phillip Radley


Phillip Radley is chief data architect on the core enterprise architecture team at BT, where he’s responsible for data architecture across the company. Based at BT’s Adastral Park campus in the UK, Phill leads BT’s MDM and big data initiatives, driving associated strategic architecture and investment road maps for the business. He’s worked in IT and communications for 30 years. Previously, Phill was been chief architect for infrastructure performance-management solutions from UK consumer broadband to outsourced Fortune 500 networks and high-performance trading networks. He has broad global experience, including with BT’s concert global venture in the US and five years as an Asia Pacific BSS/OSS architect based in Sydney. Phill is a physics graduate with an MBA.