In 2015 Capital One CIO Rob Alexander took the AWS re:Invent stage to declaim the company’s independence from its traditional data centers, shifting instead to a reliance on AWS to run its infrastructure. The company went from eight data centers in 2014 to five in 2016 to three in 2018. In late 2020, the company announced that its journey to truly being “all in” on the public cloud was complete. The move away from running its own infrastructure, however, didn’t mean it sent engineers looking for new jobs. The opposite, in fact. Even as the company shifted to public cloud, it more than doubled the number of technical employees on its payroll, roughly 85% of whom are engineers.
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