How Netflix works: the (hugely simplified) complex stuff that happens every time you hit Play

Mayukh Nair
Oct 17, 2017 · 11 min read
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Dave Hahn, a senior engineer from Netflix’s Performance and Reliability Department, shows off the entire architecture of Netflix in one flow diagram. (Amazon Web Services/YouTube)

Hundreds of microservices, one giant service

Amazon Web Services/YouTube

A typical data center, this one in particular being located in Frankfurt, Germany. (Nils Juenemann/nilsjuenemann.de)

Where do they run all of these microservices, though?


ScaleScale/scalescale.com

From reel to screen — a long journey

Netflix Middle East and North Africa / twitter.com/netflixmena

Racing against buffer time

CDN in a nutshell (CDN Reviews/cdnreviews.com)
Netflix’s Open Connect boxes, supplied to internet providers. (NDTV Gadgets360/gadgets.ndtv.com)

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In a nutshell….

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Err….. has opinions on a lot of things, but mostly writes about tech. Should be able to change that habit soon, hopefully.

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