In 2014, Capital One had a fledgling private cloud capability and was also experimenting with AWS. In an effort to build the features its customers wanted as quickly as possible, the company chose to pursue AWS.
Security and compliance are critical to Capital One as a financial institution. To address these needs, Capital One built a cloud-risk framework and established a cloud-governance function before moving a single workload to AWS.
Capital One offers a cloud training program to engineers who work directly on AWS as well as non-technical stakeholders who need to be able to advocate for the power of cloud computing. The company now ranks in the top three of all enterprises globally for AWS certifications held by employees.
Using AWS, Capital One brings new products to market in weeks instead of months or years, uses machine learning to improve customer experience, and attracts top developers and engineers—all of which help the company achieve its most important goal: creating great experiences for its customers.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a subsidiary of Amazon that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies and governments, on a metered pay-as-you-go basis. In aggregate, these cloud computing web services provide a set of primitive, abstract technical infrastructure and distributed computing building blocks and tools. One of these services is Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, which allows users to have at their disposal a virtual cluster of computers, available all the time, through the Internet. AWS's version of virtual computers emulate most of the attributes of a real computer including hardware (CPU(s) & GPU(s) for processing, local/RAM memory, hard-disk/SSD storage); a choice of operating systems; networking; and pre-loaded application software such as web servers, databases, CRM, etc.