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Tech Life at RELEX: Infrastructure

In this blog series, RELEXians from various tech teams share their daily life. We wanted to know, for example, what their work consists of, what technologies they use, and how they would describe their teams. Last but not least is Ilari from our Infra team!

How did you end up working at RELEX?

A friend of mine was working at RELEX, and he told my nowadays colleague that I was interested in working here too. I got invited to meet the team and have an informal interview, which was followed by a formal interview, and so I ended up at RELEX.

How does your typical day at work look like?

There’s no one typical proto day at the office. It all depends on on-going projects we have. Sometimes it might take the whole day to plan for or execute the building of the new data center. Quite often there’s someone with a new sort of issue that they’d like to have help with. My workdays also include tasks like figuring out connections between different places and parties, solving performance issues, and finding ways to improve the platform for running our application(s) better or easier.

The only thing that is common between the days is communication, both internal and external. The things we work with are usually quite large and/or complex, so you can’t set them up and operate them by yourself, but you need a helping hand from a colleague.

What kind of technologies do you work with?

As we have hybrid cloud architecture, listing the technologies would take hours. On the tooling side, I work with networking tools, cloud management tools (like Terraform), and operating systems and provisioning tools (like Ansible).

I truly enjoy working with hardware, so I’m fortunate to be working with the best hardware you can have in the server world. Lately, I have been working at hardware performance. When you find yourself in the deep end, it’s quite rewarding to see the results you’ve gained.

How would you describe your team and colleagues?

Our team consists of people from different backgrounds, so as a diverse team, it’s a difficult task to describe us all shortly.

The common factor, however, is that we’re really passionate about what we do, and we take pride in our work. I’ve never felt like I couldn’t trust my peers; they’re always there if I’m doubting myself and want somebody to look over what I’ve done. I also feel like working is not a penalty, as I have good discussions with my peers about almost anything. Sometimes we’re talking about Nike’s new sneakers, other times I might share stories about my dogs.

What have you learned at RELEX?

I’ve learned a lot about HPC, and all kinds of issues computers might have when they are having a bad day. And what’s more important, how to solve those issues.

To whom would you recommend working at RELEX?

In general RELEX is doing something really unique and special. If you are interested in solving problems that will not be the first hit on Google, but might require your inner Sherlock Holmes to step up, and if you want to have really skilled colleagues, you might find yourself fitting in the team quite nicely.

Ilari has been developing RELEX infra since 2016. He finds it motivating being in the team that pushes the industry forward. He likes to brighten other Relexians’ days by sharing pictures of his two dogs, Myssy and Pipa.

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