Build multi region services they said, it will be fun they said... and it was! - Natalie Parker





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Published on Aug 27, 2019

For many, building a globally distributed infrastructure would be a long and complicated project, with the need to order tons of hardware, with hours of configuration, and a large upfront cost. For Metapackers, the approach of treating infrastructure as code and using cloud first technologies made the journey to accelerate our retail platforms into the US Market an exciting adventure.

When we were acquired by Stamps.com, the second fastest growing US tech company, we were faced with an overnight opportunity: to leverage the cloud and open source tools to expand into a new region on a short timescale.

This talk will give an overview of the technologies we used (Packer, Ansible, Terraform), challenges and decisions we faced and the new operational concerns that multi region brings. We will also explore how to deploy across regions with our Cloudbees EKS cluster (AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service).

Come and learn how the previous focus on infrastructure as code and immutable infrastructure made it possible to achieve this demanding task with an aggressive timeline.


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