I’m Danny Steenman, I work as a Cloud Consultant at Oblivion Cloud Control.
I got specialized in building high-availability environments using automation (Infrastructure as Code) combined with Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD).
Previously, my fascination with Cloud and Automation started when I was developing my research thesis for the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in 2013. Back then Cloud providers were just starting to come up as a decent alternative to on-premise hosting providers. On-premise data centers consisted of long-lived servers that needed to be patched and upgraded (both software/hardware). Maintaining and monitoring servers used to be a full-time task for an engineer before automation took place.
Instead of maintaining these servers I got inspired to automate and make these environments scalable, self-healing, and immutable (stateless). This meant I had to learn more about the DevOps way of thinking and use toolings such as CloudFormation, git, python, and bash. By continuously developing myself I’ve learned to adapt myself quickly to new emerging technologies.
In 2020 I became an AWS Authorized Instructor Champion (AAI). AWS developed the AAI credential to provide the highest quality training experience. To receive the AAI accreditation, I had to demonstrate a strong technical background and adherence to the standards defined by the AWS Training & Certification Team for teaching and delivering AWS-approved training courses.
Sharing my knowledge through training is one part, during my day-to-day activities, I write a lot of notes which I eventually use to convert into usable blogposts. Most blog posts are about topics related to AWS since I work fulltime with it. The goal is to write down my learnings and mistakes so other people could benefit from it and it’s a way to keep track of what I build.