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Four reasons to be happy about the release of Kubernetes 1.7

Four reasons to be happy about the release of Kubernetes 1.7

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We’ve been keen advocates of Kubernetes since its inception, and the latest release has piqued our interest even more. As the container management system has been adopted in more production environments, it has continued to deliver significant improvements and upgrades, demonstrating that the Kubernetes community isn’t likely to become complacent anytime soon. Kubernetes was initially […]

Backing up DynamoDB tables with Hippolyte – our open source solution

Backing up DynamoDB tables with Hippolyte – our open source solution

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Ocado Technology uses a wide range of Amazon AWS services for our day to day operations, as well as the microservices backbone powering our Ocado Smart Platform (OSP). We’re also heavy users of Amazon’s NoSQL database, DynamoDB. Having a fully managed database solution has allowed many development teams to get on with the work they […]

Improving the performance of the Ceph storage platform at Ocado Technology

Improving the performance of the Ceph storage platform at Ocado Technology

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As any solution grows over time, there’s always the concern as to how it will perform, especially as the applications using it also increase in both number and size. Ceph has been designed to be a scale-out platform: as one adds more nodes to the solution, the performance increases accordingly. Due to the parallel way […]

Creating a distributed data centre architecture using Kubernetes and containers

Creating a distributed data centre architecture using Kubernetes and containers

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The seed for this project was first planted when a question was posed while brainstorming ideas around a whiteboard: What if we could break up our CFC’s  data centre into smaller nodes? If the CFC (Customer Fulfilment Centre) name doesn’t ring a bell, that’s what we call the highly automated warehouses where our groceries are […]

Maturing the Ceph storage platform at Ocado Technology

Maturing the Ceph storage platform at Ocado Technology

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After selecting Ceph as our default storage platform, we had to learn how to use it so, like many companies out there, we created a small trial environment to test it out with a select few applications. When we were happy with the feature set, we created a small production pilot to see if there […]

How Ocado moved its databases to the cloud

How Ocado moved its databases to the cloud

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Being the world’s largest online-only supermarket means Ocado eats big data for breakfast. Since its inception more than three years ago, the data team at Ocado Technology has been finding ever more efficient ways to manage Ocado’s digital footprint. One way to achieve this goal was to be at the forefront of adopting cloud technologies. […]

Three ways we can get smarter about transportation

Three ways we can get smarter about transportation

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Smart cars need smarter roads One of the many exciting parts of starting my new job at Ocado Technology has been the ability to go on a buddy route. For those who don’t work at Ocado, the buddy route offers new employees the option of accompanying one of our drivers on a delivery run. Experiencing […]

How Ocado uses machine learning to improve customer service

How Ocado uses machine learning to improve customer service

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Being the world’s largest online-only grocery supermarket with over 500,000 active customers means we get the opportunity to interact with people all across the UK on a daily basis. Ocado prides itself on offering the best customer service in the industry which is one of the many reasons why our customers keep coming back. Since […]

How the Internet of Things is changing grocery retail

How the Internet of Things is changing grocery retail

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Although several analysts have recently downplayed their predictions for the consumer side of the Internet of Things market, IoT adoption in the enterprise segment is currently experiencing a boom. One of the areas where IoT is set to make a huge impact is the online grocery retail sector. This comes at a time when more […]

Statistical testing in Google BigQuery

Statistical testing in Google BigQuery

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Some time ago I needed to schedule a weekly BigQuery job that involved some statistical testing. Normally I do all statistical work in R, but since our query scheduler wasn’t capable of talking to R I decided to try a pure BigQuery solution (rather than go through the hassle of calling R from a dataflow). […]

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