No day’s the same
What’s great about working in hybrid cloud engineering is that there’s no typical day.
“I’m lucky to work on many diverse projects. One day I may be trying to optimise our cloud spend and working on new approaches to save money, another I may be helping to deploy new infrastructure and applications. And another I may be all hands to the pump trying to get services back online (yes, systems will always fail occasionally!).”
DWP is a huge organisation with mammoth IT systems – old and new – whose scale does not compare to anything else in the technology sector.
“It’s amazing to see the development of technology in this area,” says Sam.
“When I first started working on DWP systems in 2011, I was working on an age-old IBM mainframe. The department has moved on massively since then, and although there’s now a heavy cloud-first focus, there’s still a place for these older systems. Imagine building a system with a lifespan of 20+ years now – you’d get laughed out of the room!”
DWP Digital has a huge and ever sprawling cloud platform consisting of hundreds of AWS accounts and subscriptions.
“We try to give our product development teams as much autonomy as possible to try and breed innovative solutions, using the most cutting edge of technologies,” he explains. “Unfortunately, one of the side effects of this autonomy and cloud sprawl is the lack of control and oversight of what is going on in each account. This can result in our cloud spend ballooning if not kept in check.”
Understanding the different ways of using AWS have already saved DWP many thousands and will increase exponentially as we continue to roll them out across our cloud estate.
“The experience and career development you get from being able to work with such diverse technology is second to none.”