Big data is one of the most popular terms in the IT industry during the past decade. The word is vague and broad enough that essentially every one of us is living in a big-data world. Every time you do a google search, like a post in Facebook, write something in WeChat or view some item on Amazon, you both use and contribute to someone's big data system. Managing so much data across many computers introduce unique challenges. In this talk, we review the landscape of big data platforms and discuss some lessons we learned from building them.