Walmart uses multi-cloud platform to expand beyond e-commerce | #theCUBE


Walmart has had an e-commerce sector of its business for many years. And while this sector has been cloud-based for a while now, the company is just now beginning to expand other areas of its business to the cloud, in particular the retail side and infrastructure to cloud-based technology. This necessitates a move to a multi-cloud platform, because the company is deploying to both the public and the private cloud.

Megan Rossetti, senior cloud engineer at Walmart, sat down with Lisa Martin (@Luccazara), host of theCUBE*, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio, during the CloudNOW 5th Annual “Top 10 Women in Cloud” Innovation Awards in Mountain View, CA. (*Disclosure below) CloudNOW is a non-profit consortium of leading women in cloud computing and converging technologies.

Rossetti and Martin discussed Walmart’s transition to a multi-cloud environment, as well as some of the inspiration Rossetti has given and received while associated with this project.

The transition to a multi-cloud platform

Walmart is an massive corporation, and for any company of that size to expand large portions of its business to cloud-based architecture, to say it is an enormous undertaking would be a serious understatement. Rossetti, however, is upbeat about the transition and feels the teams assigned to make it happen are worthy of her praise.

“The team at Walmart, we have several different operations teams because of public and private cloud,” explained Rossetti. “And so they’re led with different individuals, and they do a phenomenal job of ensuring that there’s cohesion, ensuring that there’s flexibility, ensuring that there is there’s support within open-source community initiatives.”

Attitude is important to success

Rossetti is a highly successful technologist, but before switching focus to her current profession, she was a firefighter and EMT. Although non-linear, her career path was not a drawback, and she shared some advice that other women in tech may wish to heed if they are also considering such a radical switch in professions.

“I think more than anything is just try,” said Rossetti. “Find something that you’re interested in. It does not have to be something that is directly related to what you do day in and day out. Find something you’re passionate about and dive into it.”

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the CloudNOW – 5th Annual “Top 10 Women in Cloud” Innovation Awards.(*Disclosure: Some segments on SiliconANGLE Media’s theCUBE are sponsored. However, no sponsorships have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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