Administrating Cloud Databases

Time for a new Nordcloudian story from our Polish cloud database administration!

1. Where are you from and how did you end up at Nordcloud?

I’m working at Nordcloud as a Cloud Database Administrator. From early childhood, I’ve been fascinated by the analysis of information and solving puzzles (of course at an appropriate age level 😊). This is why I came across computer science in primary school by enrolling in a Computer Club at the Youth Cultural Center. There, I learned to program in such languages ​​as LOGO or PASCAL on ZX-Spectrum or Amstad Schneider.

Later on, I also worked on Commodore C64 and IBM PC 386 (I developed my university projects on the latter, which was a big challenge and good training of writing efficient applications). After years of working as a DBA with various systems and database engines, I wanted to gain even more knowledge and started to look for more possibilities. I heard about Nordcloud from my colleague who convinced me that I would be able to carry out my tech aspiration in cloud native company like Nordcloud. It was hard to believe, but now I know it’s true. Apart from daily tasks I enjoy the atmosphere of work. The general enthusiasm of the cloud here very often reminds me of the fascination with the technology that I had in the Computer Club (the form of breaks is similar :D).

What’s more, I’m just a Polish woman who is fascinated by the diversity of other cultures and think that every culture is a beautiful part of the entire history of the world, which is good to know and understand.

2.What is your core competence?

Relational Databases and data analysis.
First I was working as a DB2/zOS Database Engineer and also used my knowledge on such environments as DB2/AS400, DB2 LUW (Linux,Unix,Windows). The next step in my experience was gathering an Oracle/Linux, Oracle/Windows Database and SQL Server Database. The icing on the cake is using and expanding my experience in the multi-cloud environment. It’s really awesome!

3.What do you like most about working at Nordcloud?

Here I can develop my skills in many areas of database engineering. Being able to work with databases in public clouds such as AWS, Azure and GCP is a unique opportunity to gather experience in such broad areas. Here I can work with people who have the same passion in what they do.

The possibility of remote work makes it easier to fulfil professional and family duties.

Nordcloud is a company that brings together exceptional specialists in various fields of computer science.

4.What is the most useful thing you have learned at Nordcloud?

Cloud is the future in the rapidly changing world of IT, which is worth of attention. By working in the cloud, the boundaries between teams, such as the system administrator, database administrator, network administrator or developer are blurred, but skills in all these areas are still very desirable.

5.What sets you on fire/What’s your favourite thing technically with public cloud ?

Everything. The solution is very complex and amazing.

6.What do you do outside work?

After work I’m involved in advanced optimisation of structural household processes implemented as a part of individual projects at my home.
I support ventures in board games and lessons on percussion. 
In a nutshell, I have two fantastic sons 😊

Aarne TalmanGlobal Machine Learning Practice Lead @ Nordcloud
Life at Nordcloud

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