Life at Cloudibility (VIII): Hello, India!

logo_cloudibility_rgb_transparent_square_smallCloudibility is a company focused around knowledge and heads. We are not limited to a specific location – our German employees are located in Berlin, Magdeburg, Brunswick, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, etc.

Today, we expand that a little bit and welcome our first Indian team members. They are located in Faridabad, next to Delhi, in the offices of our long-lasting partner AppFlow Solutions Pvt

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Different to other approaches, we don’t treat them as a remote team working for us, but as our team-members working a little bit down the road. They will be participating in our processes, meetings, etc. and will be a core part of our team.

Our Indian team members are „hand-selected“ the very same way as our German stuff – they have to have the same culture, the same approach to cloud-native infrastructure and processes and the same greed for excellence.

Within the next four weeks, our Indian team will be extended to at least three employees, but we are actively looking for even more of them.

So, if you want to be a part of our journey, contact me or Pradeep, the head of our Indian partner!

Welcome on board!

Kauflust (III): Microsoft Surface Book 15 inch

I have to admit: I made a mistake!

Situation: I wanted to buy a Surface Book 2, since I was able to find a buyer for my Surface Book with Performance Base and I was offered a really good price for the SB2. So, I went and ordered the replacement unit. I was terribly tired and did not check the order receipt.

Next day, I went to the shop to collect my shiny new Surface Book 2.

But I was confronted with a larger box than expected and it read „Surface Book 15-inch, 256 GB storage“.

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I immediately checked the receipt and figured: Yes, I actually ordered the 15-inch variant. I did not notice since the 15-inch and the 13.5-inch variants differed not by price but by SSD-size (and I did not check this one). They were presented side-by-side online, and obviously, I was too tired to realize.

So, I had two options: Don’t accept the device or go with the bigger one having the smaller SSD. Very surprisingly(?), I went with the latter option and now I own a Surface Book 15-inch.

Well, no.

I don’t own it. I love it.

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It immediately replaced my 2017 MacBook Pro 15.4-inch, which is on sale right now. And it replaced the 13.5-inch Surface Book with Performance Base, since the differences in size and weight are acceptable. It is – for now – accompanied by the 12.5-inch ThinkPad X260 and – for another two months – by an Apple iPad Pro 10.5 (which will be replaced by a Surface Go later this year).

If you wonder, why I love this device so much, here are some reasons:

  • Gorgeous keyboard. I mean, really gorgeous. On the older-MacBooks- and older-ThinkPads-Level. That gorgeous.
  • Fantastic display. 15 inch, 3×2-ratio. Nice colors. Nice viewing angles. Touch. Close enough to a MacBooks-display.
  • Battery time. 5 hrs of watching videos – around 50% of battery left. Several hours of writing and surfing, again with a modest battery drain. Compare this to a MacBook Pro 15.4 inch, whose battery is empty after 4 hours, regardless of what you do.
  • USB-A-ports. Not only USB-C/Thunderbold-ports.
  • Lightweight device, less than 2kg for a 15-inch device.
  • Versatility: You can use it as Laptop, as Tablet, as anything in between.
  • The Pen. Just nice.
  • That Graphics Adapter. 6 GB RAM, GeForce GTX 1060. Play highly demanding games in natural resolution!

So, in summary, there is a lot to love here.

And I am glad I made such a mistake.

I will keep this device as my daily driver.

Life at Cloudibility (VI): Plus 3!

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At Cloudibility, we are currently growing enormously – by mindset, by knowledge, and by headcount.

Last week, our team was expanded by three bright minds (in no particular order:

Sandra
Sandra was a Developer once (and a very good one!) and decided to opt for DevOps. She has very strong development skills and is able to transfer this into DevOps-territory. She likes working with CI/CD-components, ELK / EFK and Kubernetes. And from time to time she will be giving presentations and trainings and speeches. She joined our team as Senior DevOps Engineer.

Ronny
Ronny has a profound knowledge in DevOps-technologies as well as Kubernetes. He is doing deep dives with technologies such as Linux, Docker, Ansible, Teraform, Vagrant, Virtualization (VMware, etc.) and many more. He has joined our team as Senior DevOps Engineer.

Emilie
Emilie is part of our sales team. She as an impressive track record of sales even in difficult environments, can handle customers and partners and is a very positive person. She has joined our team as Sales Manager.

Guys, it is so great to have you with us!

Ninety Minutes to #Berlin

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250km/h. Don’t try this at home.

While heading back home from Frankfurt to Berlin, I had to change trains in Hannover. From there to Berlin the distance is quite exactly 300km. Have you ever tried doing this on the infamous A2 Autobahn? It will usually take around three to four hours, often even more.

In comparison, the ICE train I’m currently in will do the same distance in less than ninety minutes.

Ninety. Minutes. From Hannover. To Berlin.

And yes: Spandau is not Berlin. But from Hannover to Spandau, it will only take around 75 minutes.

For the winners

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Today, a ballroom tournament takes place in the wonderful Tanzschule am Bürgerpark in Berlin Pankow.

The team has prepared everything and is ready for some great competition. And the winners will receive and glory and those wonderful cups.

Go for it!

Life at Cloudibility (IV): Best. Team. In. The. World.

Cloudibility-Logo-SquareWe have the best team in the world. Period.

I’ve never seen a team being that committed. That focused. That inquisitive. That eager to learn. That funny. That great.

Team, I am so proud of working with you! 

Next week, we will start our expansion. I mean: We will really start it. Three new Team-Members at the beginning of the month. Two more in the middle. One more beginning of August. One more at mid of August. One, two, three perhaps beginning of September.

But: I am not afraid. I know, that we already have a great team and we will continue to be one. We looked carefully at the new colleagues‘ character and found them to match the team in culture and commitment.

Sandra, Ronny, Emily: Welcome!

You will be part of Cloudibility, you will shape us and you will grow with us. And I am very confident to count you in next time when I write about the:

Best. Team. In. The.World.