Journey To CKA and CKAD

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This article is about trusting yourself to accomplish new things, achieving your goals and specifically Daniel’s journey to CKA and CKAD.

(Picture of Daniel in Yosemite National Park.) 


Last year I was working at Huawei in a position what looking from the outside must have been interesting. However, I was not satisfied with it. I had started to look for something else what would be more into it for me from a technology point of view.

This is how I found Nordcloud and their UK based subsidiary Nordcloud LTD.

Nordcloud went through some serious expansion last year and are still hiring tens of people in several countries. We in the UK have a few open positions if anyone is interested.

I joined Nordcloud in January and I could not have made a better decision.

They provide me just the right amount of hands-on tasks to keep me in the game, and not just be a theoretical architect.

I always thought without real hands-on experience you cannot call yourself a technical architect.

Everybody can talk about technology (we have seen it with several brain dumpers), but being able to talk about it and also to implement it with proper design, that is where the real knowledge resides.

When I joined Nordcloud I was already into containerisation.

My friend, Vinayak Kumar, was an SRE at a company where he designed/managed several K8s clusters and a K8s based environment spanning through different regions/areas of the world. The technology was just fascinating.

I can kind of compare the whole experience with it for me, like when I first met with VMware virtualisation back in 2007-2008. I instantly knew I must work with this technology and become an expert in it.

Nordcloud LTD is not a huge consultancy yet; however we are growing and contributing to the group level directives and solutions as well.

We have agreed with my lead Harry Azariah, that I will pursue to become a K8s expert – being an Azure Senior Architect working on AKS and focusing on all managed and unmanaged K8s solutions.

So my journey began…

I started to build my own clusters based on Kelsey Hightower’s and Ivan Fioravanti’s Kubernetes the Hard Way git repository.

I was watching tens, maybe hundreds, of hours of Kubernetes videos from Kelsey Hightower and others. Luckily, I already had some experience with Docker – I had built Docker Swarm demo environments in Azure a few years before, but still K8s was a bit of a new territory and a challenge. When I thought I had enough knowledge to ask relevant questions, I called my friend Vinay and he was kind enough to jump over from 120 miles away to have a session with me. Yeah, we could have done it online but it’s always good to see a friend!

Anyhow after that session I knew a lot more and was sure this is the technology I want to focus on in the upcoming weeks, months, (years?! 😄)

Fortunately enough, we got a few leads at Nordcloud with K8s, AKS requirements. I got the chance to put all I had learned into practice. This is when I realised I know less than I thought. 😄

So, dwelled even deeper into the rabbit hole, I started to work with Ingress controllers such as Nginx. In one of our projects (which I’m still working on) I had the opportunity to start to work with Istio Service Mesh. The whole experience was like a roller coaster ride. Just when I thought yeah I’m confident, something new came up. I think this is what got me excited about the whole K8s experience,  technology I knew little about and constantly can provide challenges.

About this time I decided I want to be certified.

With my lead Harry, I agreed that the CKA exam should be the first I achieve. I jumped on Linux Academy and started the CKA course there. It’s an OK course; you can get enough information to understand those requirements which are shared on the CKA exam leaflet. However, do not expect to be able to pass if you only go through this training.

You must do more – as a bare minimum I would recommend going through the K8s the hard way material at least 5 times if you are not managing real world clusters on a day to day basis.

By this time I was already working with AKS for 4 months, but that is a managed K8s solution, so you have almost 0 tasks to manage the Master nodes, and you can bet you will have some questions related to those.

11% Cluster Maintenance, 12 % Installation, Configuration, Validation, 10% Trouble shooting; all these can mean you will have to look at some master components.

So I was going on a long journey to search for useful exam prep tests and K8s trainings and found this link at the Kubernetes slack.

It contains so much information that it’s an overkill in general for the exam, but some are worth to go through.

With the CKA exam you can expect to use all your 3 hours to answer the questions, maybe get 10 minutes at the end to review what you have done. I used up my time completely, had about that 10 minutes to review with 1 question unanswered (8% worth). I decided to go and look at my solutions for other questions and not to bother with that one.

The main reason you will use the 3 hours is that you have to type a lot, even if you know where to find some templates in the documentation (what you can use), it is still a lot to do. Even if you use “kubectl create dry-run -o yaml > pod.yaml” to generate your base config, it’s a lot to achieve on the k8s resource side, not to talk about the install/manage questions.

I definitely recommend to use completion source <(kubectl completion bash)”>>~/.bashrc

Personally, I have not used any alias configured by me, some people find that useful. I work with alias in my day-to-day environments, but for the exam I was not finding it useful (configured a few though).

  • Know the documentation and where to find what.
  • Watch as some links are navigating off from the domain ad that is not allowed, but in general if you know where to find things or how to ask the right question if you get stuck, this will be a life saver.
  • Build a AKS, EKS, GKE cluster and use that to prep with the Kubernetes resources (it’s faster to build than a K8s the hard way cluster and it does not depends on your setup).
  • Do deployments of objects until you feel like you are bored with it, when you literally wake up at night and hear your thoughts going around “apiVersion: v1 kind: Pod metadata: labels: app: someapp spec: containers:”

That is the time when you can feel confident about your knowledge… not joking…

  • Build a habit to use the commands which help you to generate templates, or create resources quickly. There is a really good cheat sheet from Denny Zhang to start with.
  • Do some tests in a practice environment, the exam environment is nothing too complex, but it’s a browser based exam, not a basic ssh from your tty client.
  • I have tried this environment to get a look and feel, from Arush Salil.
Practical tips for the day of the exam:
  • Find a place with good WiFi Coverage and without any distractions.
    I sat in a phone booth at the office, however my WiFi was awful when I shared my camera ( have not tested it before properly) so I had to find another place to do the exam from. Save your self that 20 minutes of worry which I had…
  • Do some video calls with someone from the location you will do your exam from.

Luckily the proctor was reasonable enough to give me time to find another place.

  • I would not recommend to do it from home. I’ve heard horror stories from others that proctors were asking to cover everything in a room and such.
  • Have a glass of water with you. As I have mentioned you won’t have much time to leave from the exam… No food, no headset, papers, other electronics, etc. is allowed on the desk or around you.
  • Your face and eyes must be always on the screen. I was asked several times to adjust my camera (Dell XPS 15) or position because I was leaning too close to the screen… That was annoying – probably an external camera would have been better to use.

After passing the CKA;

I must say the CKAD was like a walk in the park. I went through the Linux Academy course just to have training and then I took the exam.

With the extensive preparation I had spent for the CKA (you need a lot as it almost covers “everything”) and the Linux Academy course I easily passed the CKAD. The exam is only 2 hours long and I finished it about 15 minutes earlier.

I can’t say that anybody who passes CKA can easily pass CKAD but for me it was not a problem. However, it is worth to mention by this time it was already 5 months into an AKS project for me where I was working with Probes, Persistent Storages, Deployments on an almost day-to-day basis.

So where to from here?

I’m definitely going to stick with this technology; it gives me the chills with all the challenges and new aspects of technology it comes with. Nordcloud is a place which lets its employees flourish if you can and are willing to put in the additional effort.
There are some plans in my head to get to know other K8s versions better like OpenShift (already studying), dwell into EKS and GKE more, see how they really compare, and build a K8s practice at Nordcloud limited on the long run would be nice. My leads as far as I see are partners in this.

What is the conclusion of all this?

I think for me it is that never be afraid to change. Admit to yourself what you think you need/want. I mean I did this a bit more than 3 years ago when I came to the UK from several years of being a Solution/Enterprise Architect, went to a Senior Consultant position, and just about 7 months ago from a Product Owner/Architect Position I accepted Nordcloud’s offer for a Hands-On Senior Architect position.  I can clearly say it totally is worth it – my move 3 years ago, and my decision this year, I was never really happier than when I made these two decisions in my professional life.

There is really something in the saying from Confucius: “He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right…” If you want something, do it; you just need to put the required time and effort into it and you can achieve anything.

Trust in yourself, and do not wait others to make your life happen! Because when you trust in yourself that is when magic happens in your life. 😊 

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    Responsibilities & freedom

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    Jonah joined Nordcloud around half a year ago – now he shares his thoughts and wisdom, for example about the freedom we offer, but also the responsibilities that come with it!

    He explains how we don’t have strict rules or a lot of people giving us directions, so it means that everyone needs to be able to work independently, with that freedom.

     

    It’s all about common trust!

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

    I’m from the Netherlands, born in Amsterdam.

    I was looking for the next, bigger challenge and was contacted by Anna (Talent Acquisition Specialist of Nordcloud) in Linkedin and we started talking. I felt that as a professional who is always looking to develop, Nordcloud was the right size for me to do that and in about 3,5 months I started at Nordcloud.

    2. What is your role and core competence?

    I’m a Cloud Architect, infra as code and automation as my core competences.

     

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

    Interesting projects and a lot of freedom to do things that I find useful and meaningful.

    By simply being interested and showing it, I’m getting the chance to contribute to areas that I personally feel like we should develop.

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

    Organising things in a distributed, flat company and navigating through the whole web of people

    in different countries to get things done.

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

    There are a lot of tools that are available with public cloud with very little effort, but sometimes there are gaps in different functionalities (for example between AWS and GCP).

    Filling those gaps by engineering we can achieve very large things with very little effort.

    6. What do you do outside work?

    Spend time with family and cooking. I also enjoy making tangible things, like building furniture or fixing things.

    7. Best Nordcloudian memory?

    Conferences are always fun and there’s interesting talks and meetings but one that professionally stands out is when we did a well architected review for a client in Stockholm.

    They had a really interesting and innovative product and the client here was like a kid in a candy shop!

    He really understood the potential what we could do for them and we got to do cool things!

     

    8. How would you describe our culture?

    We get recognised for contribution; that’s very clear and open.

    There is a high degree of trust in our engineering skills.

    We are a very diverse group of different nationalities!

    Nordcloud NL is also a very tight group and we have casual work place banter in my opinion more than in the other countries.

    We do work remotely a lot but when we are together we go for lunches and have a good time.

    There is no power distance and we are very flat organisation so I can make fun of my manager and vice versa and it’s all fun!

     

    Would you fit in a team with freedom and lots of changes to influence? Well Jonah is looking for more colleagues, so do get in touch! Click here for open vacancies in the Netherlands

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      Nordcloud Reaches more than 200 AWS Certified Cloud Architects

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      We’re excited to announce that we have reached more than 200 AWS certified architects!

      APN Certification Distinctions provide AWS partners with the opportunity to showcase how many active AWS Certifications the company has collectively achieved and highlights the value AWS Certifications brings to customers.

       

      aws certified

      Nordcloud is proud to be an AWS Premier Consulting Partner since 2014 and an AWS Managed Service Provider since 2015.

      This highly-valued status is awarded to leading cloud companies that have extensive experience in deploying customer solutions on AWS, a strong bench of trained and certified technical consultants, at least one APN Competency, expertise in project management, a healthy revenue-generating consulting business on AWS, and have invested significantly in their AWS practice.

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      At Nordcloud we know the AWS cloud

      We can help you take advantages of all the benefits Amazon Web Services has to offer.

      How can we help you take your business to the next level? 

      Contact Nordcloud AWS Experts

       

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        Collaboration in a flat organisation

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        Happy New Year 2019 for everyone! 

        We here at Nordcloud have a strong feeling that this year is going to be even better than last year – more dreams to be filled and goals achieved! 

        It is time for the first Nordcloudian Story of 2019 so let’s share our Cloud Architect Dragoș Bacîtea’s thoughts: 

        1. Where are you from and how did you end up at Nordcloud? My name is Dragos and I’m from Romania. I started my career by working at a local TV company selling subscriptions and moved my way up to a Global Project & Program Coordinator & Management role at Atos. I considered my management expertise was enough for one of my goals so I started working in the technical field as a Linux Administrator. From there my career took me to Microsoft where I worked for 1.5 years (from support to Technical Cloud Engineer). I then got introduced to Nordcloud and saw it as a great opportunity as a smaller company in Amsterdam! One of my goals in my career was to be a Cloud Solution Architect and Nordcloud’s relaxed culture attracted me as it was a good combination of nice colleagues and a great learning opportunity.

        2. What is your core competence? Azure Solution Architecture. 

        3.What do you like most about working at Nordcloud? I really love the fact that we are a flat company, that gives us more chances to hang out more and to collaborate on different projects on different levels.

        4.What is the most useful thing you have learned at Nordcloud? Team work is very important and at Nordcloud I see all the colleagues help each other. You can count on them. 

        5.What sets you on fire/What’s your favourite thing technically with public cloud ? I’m keen on taking my Microsoft certifications and gaining more overall knowledge in the Cloud/Programming area. 

        6.What do you do outside work? I love travelling, driving my car in any part of the day, camping in the wilderness and getting to know new cultures and languages.

        Thanks for reading! 🙂 

        /Anna

        And btw, if you feel like you’re ready to explore new adventures this year then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and let’s talk about #AWS #AZURE or #TheCloudRevolution in general!

         

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          Integrating quickly to Nordcloud culture

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          Getting to know new people

          It’s always interesting to get to know new people in the 8+ Nordcloudian offices and seeing some of the cultural differences (and similarities!).

          Our growth story is pretty inspiring and many people often ask me how different are the cultures and teams from each other in different countries. Our Cloud Architect from the Amsterdam office, Martijn Scholten, gave me some answers (it’s really not that different!).

           

          Here is his story:

          1. Where are you from and how did you end up at Nordcloud? I grew up in the east of Netherlands, next to the border of Germany in a small town called Denekamp. In 2014 I moved to Amersfoort for a job where I started as a Software Engineer and gradually found my passion in AWS. I joined Nordcloud in August 2018, as I was actively looking for a next challenge where I could work with a big team of cloud architects.
          2. What is your core competence? That would be AWS because I’m a double pro-certified AWS Cloud Architect and I’m also a skilled programmer in Java, Scala, Python, Bash, Javascript (React). By combining these two disciplines I’m able to design and implement good infrastructural designs using Infrastructure-as-Code.
          3. What do you like most about working at Nordcloud? Flexibility (like when and where to work) and open & flat organisation with great colleagues. Also the fact that I get the possibility to travel and to work with the latest technologies makes it an awesome company to work for.
          4. What is the most useful thing you have learned at Nordcloud? I think so far it’s the business side of things like proposals and I’ve realised how well our colleagues work together even though we are in different countries.
          5. What sets you on fire/ What’s your favourite thing technically with public cloud? Helping people out is something I really enjoy; this could be a customer or a co-worker with a difficult technical question. The favourite thing about public cloud is that it moves so fast that I keep learning new things everyday.
          6. What do you do outside work? One of my hobbies is Brazilian jiu-jitsu as I’ve practised martial arts for 13 years from Taekwondo, Kickboxing to MMA. I also like travelling to distant countries to experience different cultures. The highlights so far have been Vietnam, Indonesia and Morocco. I also enjoy watching movies, playing video games, hanging out with friends and family of course, and every now and then drinking a beer.
          7. Best memory at working as a Nordcloudian? Friday afternoon beers together. Those are great moments to wind down from a busy week and share thoughts together.

          I hope that gave a good overall picture of a Nordcloudian, who’s relatively new to the company and has already gotten integrated to the team with great responsibilities, freedom and trust and of course, keeps learning new things every day. If a team like this sounds like a match to you, don’t hesitate to get in touch!!

          /Anna

          We are hiring a Cloud Architect to our Dutch team so we’d love to hear from you. Click the button to the job description and guidelines on how to apply!

          Apply now!

           

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            Nordcloudians’ international opportunities

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            Nordcloud supports international career ambitions, whether it’s about couple of days/weeks/months’ project work or relocation to a new country.

            Now it is time for another interview with another Nordcloudian, who’s moved back to homeland in Sweden after his years in UK. Without further ado, let me introduce you to our Senior Cloud Architect, Hans Christoffersson!

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

             I am originally from Sweden and moved to the UK nine years ago. I worked at a company who did business with Nordcloud. Nordcloud conducted a workshop for this company after which I got keen to join NC! I had an AWS Architect certificate and got offered a job at Nordcloud 2,5 years ago. When I joined I got the choice to start the Azure UK team as it was booming and I have been working with Azure since then. I have now relocated back to Sweden to work with our Swedish team!

            2. What is your role and core competence?

            Senior Cloud Architect in Azure; less implementing, and more architecture and defining project deliveries, tech pre-sales, guiding and supporting junior architects. When I have to do more hands on work, I like to go on projects that have more “exotic” features or deliveries as I like figuring things out, rather than “knowing it already”.

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

            Being able to work with different technologies, customers and colleagues and always learning.

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

            That the ability and eagerness to quickly learn something new is more important than experience.

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

            It is not something I get to do as much of anymore; I like scripting and writing code. It is like solving a puzzle and I find it very stimulating.

            6.What do you do outside work? 

            I play a lot with gadgets, I am interested in IoT home automation, electric skateboards and I am also into photography.

            7. What’s your best memory at working as a Nordcloudian? 

            Those moments when my amazing colleagues and I have pulled through a challenging situation.

            Sounds good Hans!

            If you feel like you could be a good fit to the Swedish team (Stockholm/Malmö/Gothenburg), please have a look at our open vacancies here:

            Nordcloud Careers

            /Anna

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              Cloud Computing News #12: Secure top IT talent with cloud training

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              This week we focus on cloud training.

              Competition for cloud professionals is fierce so how can you ensure your company has the top IT talent? Research firm Gartner reports that “by 2020, 75 percent of organizations will experience visible business disruptions due to [infrastructure and operations] skills gaps.”

               

              Talent Shortage Considered A Top Risk Among Executives

              Recent Gartner survey of 400 executives (10/2018) found that a shrinking pool of qualified candidates surfaced as a top business risk for global executives in risk, audit, finance and compliance.  Cloud computing, which was ranked the No. 1 risk in 2Q18, remains a concern. Cybersecurity disclosure and the artificial intelligence (AI)/robotics skills gap round out the top five concerns among executives surveyed. Digital transformation initiatives have only increased this pressure.

              “In this strong economic environment of significant business growth and record-low unemployment levels, the battle for talent is heating up as employees now have more bargaining power,” said Matthew Shinkman, practice leader at Gartner. “As a result, talent is harder to find and even more difficult to keep.”

              To mitigate the risk of talent shortage, Gartner recommends a market-driven approach to sourcing strategy that ensures it adapts to evolving external labour market realities and organization needs.

              Read more in Gartner

               

              Train your IT professionals for cloud success with Nordcloud

              As an Amazon Web Services Training Partner and Azure Training Partner, Nordcloud delivers a variety of engaging and hands-on official cloud training courses that cater to all needs. Whether you’re new to the cloud or have experience with AWS or Azure services, we have something for you. Please note that you do not have to be our customer to sign up for training – they’re for everyone!

              We base our trainings on our in-depth understanding on public cloud and to the latest development of cloud. Our approach to learning is very practical, courses have lots of hands-on activities and immersive exercises. By completing introductory and advanced courses built around self-paced labs, you’ll deepen your skills and learn best-practices for architecting, developing and operating infrastructure and applications on the AWS and Azure cloud.

              We also offer customised, organisation-specific training, if that’s something you’re interested in. We can significantly increase the adoption of Public Cloud usage and ensure the investments are paying off by upskilling your organization.

              By attending our cloud training, you’ll guarantee your cloud success when you learn to do things right from the start.

              Connect with our Cloud Training team

               

              Nordcloud Talent Acceleration programme trains future cloud superheroes

              The challenge at the moment is the lack of cloud natives capable of creating the solutions that enable the future. People with the skills, knowledge and ability to apply the latest tech to the most recent challenges.

              As the leading cloud solution provider in Europe, we can’t wait for the world to catch up. We’ve decided to gather the most capable future cloud experts together and provide them with the opportunity to brush up their skills and join the movement toward a frictionless future.

              Nordcloud Talent Acceleration programme is the gateway into the world of Nordcloud. At Nordcloud Talent Acceleration, we provide a fast-track learning program that brings forward thinking people to a visionary community.

              We offer two training programs that transform IT specialists into the next generation of cloud natives. Pick from either our public cloud (AWS/Azure) ready Cloud Engineering or Cloud Development curriculum, developing your skills and completing your certificates.

              Interested in accelerating your skills and becoming a cloud superhero? We are now recruiting for Microsoft Azure tracks that start in January 2019 and March 2019. We are looking joiners from Poland and Germany for both of the tracks. 

              We offer you a permanent employment from day one, six weeks intensive cloud bootcamp and large variety of interesting customer projects to kick start a new cloud superhero career!

              Apply here

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                #NordcloudianStories: “Constant new improvements”

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

                I started in Storvreta, lived in Göteborg and studied in Luleå. There I started a company doing internet radio and moved to Malmö. Company unfortunately went bankrupt after six successful years, but it was one of the best learning points for my career and I got interested in cloud and AWS there. I then worked in government sector but wanted to get into a more fast paced company, so joined a start up in Denmark and worked in-house on premise to cloud implementations and automation from where I then moved again to a satellite communication company. Nordcloud then found me at the right time as I was ready for a change and it’s now been 3 years!

                2.What is your role and core competence? 

                Cloud architect, mostly enablement. I have also worked with implementations and automation. I advise companies how to best work with the cloud.

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

                Mostly flexibility and variety of projects. We are not a big consultancy, but are one of the best working with all of the top cloud providers. I get to learn a lot and I am constantly expected to be expert. As the organisation has a flat structure you have the chance to get engaged more and you have a voice and can influence the business decisions.

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

                Communication is key both internally and externally and also to never stop learning!

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

                Constant new improvements. You blink and there are 10 new different things.

                6. What do you do outside work? 

                I have a lovely dog and partner and my current big passion are board games !

                7. Best Nordcloudian memory?

                Most recent one where we all planned our new office in Malmö, everyone was so engaged and involved and we got to have own voice in the decision making.

                Thanks for sharing Hamin and thanks for reading!

                /Anna

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                  #NordcloudianStories: “Legends and union of cloud architects”

                  As a company that is rapidly growing, there are a lot of different people and new starters almost every week and as all 300+ of us are working in different cities, countries and in remote locations, communication is a massive key for success. It’s also about getting to know each and every one. We have pretty solid systems for communicating internally and people are always welcoming new joiners warmly as well as helping each other to get up and running and integrated as efficiently and smoothly as possible.

                  One of the first tips I got, in the beginning, was “get to know the people”.

                  Nordcloudians are helpful and willing to go the extra mile. By knowing our people, we build even more transparent and successful business.

                  I had a chat with one of our Cloud ArchitectsPeter G. Marczis, who was happy to tell about his story.

                  1. Where are you from and how did you end up at Nordcloud?
                  I am Hungarian with a background in electrical engineering, programming, software development and dev ops (for example at Nokia and Rovio). I have lived also in Finland and when Nordcloud opened an office in Denmark, I wanted to get back in the company!

                  2. What is your role and core competence?
                  Cloud Architect. I have software development background and many years with Linux. I now work mostly with AWS.

                  3. What do you like most about working at Nordcloud?
                  Flexibility and investment on our people. We have the opportunity to work remotely as well as have social and customer facing role. Our environment is never settling and always changing, so there are always new challenges. We have a very good training program – I am encouraged to take any courses and learn new things every day.

                  4. What is the most useful thing you have learned at Nordcloud?
                  To speak with both IT&Business people and being able to fill the gaps between, as you really need these social skills.

                  5. What’s your favourite thing with public cloud?
                  Nowadays it’s so easy to start new things from scratch, for example, apps from anywhere. You can learn new things quickly and anybody can start a huge journey and make a big difference without big investments.

                  6. What do you do outside work?
                  I have 2 small kids whom I spend most of my free time with. I also like to repair my car, I am also dj’ing, and I am learning to play piano.

                  7. Best Nordcloudian memory?
                  We have a lot of fun! Our amazing staff is open and friendly and we have a great team spirit. I really feel part of the family, and we are more than a company, more like “legends and union of cloud architects”. We share the same mindset and I really like our tech&beer events. Our management is always pushing us to learn the newest technology, tools and processes. Everything moves quickly, not a single day is the same, there are no limitations and communication is easy.

                  Sounds pretty awesome! If you feel like you could be a good fit to the team, please have a look at our open vacancies here: Nordcloud Careers

                  Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more #NordcloudianStories

                  /Anna

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                    Life at Nordcloud

                    Two years ago Jani was at that point of his career when he thought of wanting a change. He came across the Microsoft Azure Academy program and thought that the participation was the perfect fit for his interest in the public cloud. We at Nordcloud, one of the program’s partner companies, didn’t wait for long to invite the new cloud superstar to join our team.

                    Straight to the deep end of the pool

                    “I have now been working in IT for almost 20 years. Here at Nordcloud I have been able to use almost everything that I have learned before, so it has really been a great match for my skills,” says Jani Eränen who works as a Senior Cloud Architect on Azure at Nordcloud.

                    During the Microsoft Azure Academy, Jani had several interviews with different companies and eventually decided that Nordcloud would be the best place for him:

                    “I was employed immediately after two intensive weeks of training. It was like jumping straight to the deep end of the pool as I started working with the customers almost from the first day forward.”Jani gave a presentation about his journey at Nordcloud to the current Academy participants.

                    Diverse projects are the cure for the need to learn

                    As a Senior Cloud Architect Jani’s main responsibilities are solving the customers’ current problems and clearing their visions on how to work with the public cloud. “This is usually done by cloud enablement combined with building the core infrastructure. We design the solutions that the customer wants to have at the moment and also in the future,” Jani explains.

                    Jani has been working with us for more than a year and a half. It has been a busy ride. “When you think you know something about the public cloud, you continuously prove yourself wrong. We are learning all the time.”

                    Constant learning motivates Jani. As an architect, he thinks that it is more useful to have a wide knowledge of a lot of things, rather than to be an expert in some specific area. When specific expertise is needed, he will know where to look and how to combine the information.

                    At the moment Jani is working for one client in five partly overlapping projects which are on migration stage. “This migration happens inside the cloud from old resources to new resources.”

                    Jani likes the diversity of his current projects, and that he also gets to work with the coding stage and the actual deployment:

                    “A fun part of the designing process is to see the realization of the design and to see how it goes on. If problems occur, you know to avoid them in the future.”

                    Wiser journeys to the cloud

                    Here at Nordcloud, our architects aim to work as advisors for their customers. “First, we will talk about their situation, why they are going to the cloud and what they are getting from it. Then we design their journey to the cloud by providing the models on how to work in the cloud and how to do the enablement for their own processes.”

                    According to Jani, many clients want to go to the cloud because “it is the cloud and you should be there”. That is why they try to make the actual benefits clear to the customer.

                    After the advisory part, the projects are usually related to the core infrastructure or how to deploy actual solutions to the cloud, but there are many different types of projects.

                    “Containers have been quite a hot topic for a while because of the old epic public cloud providers are bringing their own managed layers to the containers. AI and machine learning are also seen almost everywhere,” Jani states.

                    Fun place to work and learn

                    In Jani’s opinion, Nordcloud has been the best employer so far in his career. That is due to the open culture, sharing of knowledge, learning opportunities, and specializing options. “Nordcloud is a fun place to work,” he says.

                    “We are really eager to get new people in and offer them opportunities to grow their expertise,” Jani sums up.

                    See all our positions and find out what fits you the best or just drop us a line.

                    Done in co-operation with Duunitori, writer Meri-Tuuli Talsi/Duunitori.

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