WATCH: Technical infrastructure webinar

Last night, the digital team hosted an interactive technical infrastructure webinar. Hosted by our Digital Product Manager, Rachel Davidson, and our Solution Architect, Jeff Nayler, the webinar covered upgrades and improvements to the architecture underpinning our digital systems, namely our transition to the Public Cloud, our development process and lifecycle, and our future infrastructure plans.

For those who couldn’t attend last night, you can watch the webinar in full below:

You can download the slides used in our technical webinar here.

To learn more about our infrastructure, or to become part of our digital Community of Interest group to assist with future testing, please get in touch.

Comments

  1. Avatar Andrew Shapton 13/03/2019 / 10:11 pm

    Good to see that the Scouts i.e. us are moving into containerisation and immutable infrastructure. Platform services and the SDLC are the important things to get right before we move up the stack. That’s about what I got from the webinar unfortunately. I wasn’t able to attend (ironically, due to Scouting !!!) but the sound quality was pretty bad, and the slides were unreadable. It may be an idea to make the slide pack available after the webinar on the blogging platform. i.e. a link under the webinar.
    Interesting to see that the decision has been made to go Azure, not AWS, since AWS offers (in my opinion after working with both, and GCP and several minor cloud and IAAS and PAAS providers) a far better bang for your buck than Azure – with prices coming down and not up. Interested to see why that decision was taken.
    How much thought has been given to data storage ? I presume that the Azure regions that we will use are UK based ?
    I’d welcome more discussion on this – perhaps a forum to be set up. I’ve volunteered in the past to be part of the Digital Community but due to location constraints (I’m in Swansea) have been unable to attend the London-based briefings.

    All in all – a positive direction though – keep us informed !

    • Avatar James Calmus 15/04/2019 / 1:26 pm

      Hi Andrew, thanks for your feedback – I have attached the slide deck to the bottom of the blog post so you can see what was discussed during the webinar.

      Regarding your more technical points, we’re taking something of a cross-cloud approach to public cloud – our cloud strategy is to leverage Azure, AWS and GCP public cloud platforms as project & business factors dictate rather than commit to a single provider across the board. The rationale being that as a relatively small IT dev team we will generally favour off the shelf and 3rd party development – these providers are often aligned with a particular cloud provider and we wish to retain the freedom to select the best solution/provider for the job rather than allow platform to dictate.

      For a number of reasons Azure was the most appropriate choice for the new scouts.org.uk website and hence it is the platform chosen for our first major cloud-based development.

      Where possible, in our own development we strongly favour cloud transportability and this was one of the drivers for the adoption of Docker + Kubernetes. As solutions mature and circumstances change it is entirely possible that we move services from one platform to another.

      I’m not sure we wish to publically discuss where precisely our services are hosted but data sovereignty is always a consideration in the placement of data and services.

      Thanks for your questions and interest in the work! James

  2. Avatar Alan Sharkey 03/05/2019 / 11:51 am

    When I tried to download the slides, I was told that they were damaged and some did not display. Also, the sound quality was not good. But I like the concepts that are being addressed (I am an ex-solution architect myself).

    • Avatar James Calmus 09/05/2019 / 10:06 am

      Hi Alan – thanks for letting us know. I’ve re-uploaded the slides as a PDF which should be easier to view than the PowerPoint file – you can access them here: and we’ve taken on board the feedback regarding sound quality. We are somewhat limited by Skype’s recording functionality but we are continuing to look at solutions which may correct the issue in the future.

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