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Capital One on AWS

Capital One is a leading information-based technology company that is on a mission to help its customers succeed by bringing ingenuity, simplicity, and humanity to banking.

Capital One Completes Migration from Data Centers to AWS, Becomes First US Bank to Announce Going All In on the Cloud

2020

Capital One exited eight on-premises data centers by migrating to AWS, transforming the customer experience in the process. Founded in 1994, the “digital bank” uses technology to help its customers succeed. Capital One scaled its technology team to 11,000, adding software engineers and developers to build innovative customer experiences using AWS services such as Amazon EC2, Amazon RDS, and AWS Lambda. 

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Capital One Reimagines Banking Using AWS

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We have successfully exited all of our data centers and gone all in on AWS, enabling instant provisioning of architecture and rapid innovation. We are now able to manage data at a much larger scale and unlock the power of machine learning to deliver enhanced customer experiences. On AWS, our technology teams are freed to focus on what they do best: building great software and delivering innovation to our customers."

Rob Alexander
Chief Information Officer, Capital One


Capital One Contact Centers Innovate Faster Using Amazon Connect

2018

To best understand Capital One and its long-term strategy, it helps to think of the company not as a bank—despite the fact that the diversified financial services company is, in fact, one of the ten largest U.S. banks by assets and deposits—but as a digital technology company that offers banking services. At Capital One, the central motivating belief is that the winners in next-generation banking will be the companies that make the most creative and innovative use of technology to provide seamless, intelligent, truly excellent customer experiences.

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How Capital One Reduced its Data-Center Footprint, Expanded its Use of Microservices, and Reimagined Banking Using AWS

2018

To best understand Capital One and its long-term strategy, it helps to think of the company not as a bank—despite the fact that the diversified financial services company is, in fact, one of the ten largest U.S. banks by assets and deposits—but as a digital technology company that offers banking services. At Capital One, the central motivating belief is that the winners in next-generation banking will be the companies that make the most creative and innovative use of technology to provide seamless, intelligent, truly excellent customer experiences.

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Support for Learning AWS and Other New Technologies Helps Capital One Attract Top Talent

2018

One of the ways Capital One achieved companywide buy-in for its cloud-first policy—under which all new applications are architected for and deployed in the cloud—was by implementing a robust cloud-computing training program. That program was successful partly because of the wide net that it cast, offering carefully designed and tailored training not only to the engineers who would work directly on AWS but also to the business executives and other non-technical stakeholders who needed to be able to understand and advocate for cloud computing's transformational potential.

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AWS Technology Enables Capital One's Move to Machine Learning

2018

Using AWS, Capital One turns data into insights through machine learning, allowing the company to quickly innovate on behalf of its customers. Capital One is one of the largest banks in the United States and offers credit cards, checking and savings accounts, auto loans, rewards, and online banking services for consumers and businesses. Capital One uses AWS services including Amazon S3 to power its machine-learning innovation.

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On-Demand Infrastructure on AWS Helps Capital One DevOps Teams Move Faster Than Ever

2018

Capital One is well known for its early adoption of new technologies to help it transform the banking customer experience. Less obvious, but no less crucial, are the practices and mindsets that position the company to make such effective use of those new technologies—practices and mindsets that are the result of the company's conscious self-transformation into a digital technology company. The company’s recent embrace of DevOps is just the latest step.

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We are truly all in on the cloud, and AWS has been instrumental in enabling us to take full advantage of the benefits of being in the cloud. Going all in on the cloud has enabled both instant provisioning of infrastructure and rapid innovation. We are able to manage data at a much larger scale and unlock the power of machine learning to deliver enhanced customer  experiences."

Chris Nims
Senior Vice President of Cloud and Productivity Engineering, Capital One


AWS Policy Enforcement at Scale with Cloud Custodian

On this episode of This is My Architecture, Kapil Thangavelu, Director of Engineering, at Capital One, explains their open-sourced rules engine for fleet management: Cloud Custodian. You'll see how Capital One uses this tool and a simple YAML-based DSL to eliminate the need to manage hundreds or thousands of scripts and policies, and offer "real-time" compliance and cost management at scale.

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RE:INVENT 2017

2017
AWS re:Invent 2017: Optimizing Serverless Application Data Tiers
As a fully managed database service, Amazon DynamoDB is a natural fit for serverless architectures. In this session, we dive deep into why and how to use DynamoDB in serverless applications, followed by a real-world use case from CapitalOne leveraging Mainframe data.
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RE:INVENT 2016

2016
AWS re:Invent 2016: Migrating Enterprise Messaging to the Cloud
In this session, enterprise architects and developers learn how to improve scalability, availability, and operational efficiency by migrating on-premises messaging middleware to a managed cloud service using Amazon SQS. Hear how Capital One is using SQS to migrate several core banking applications to the cloud to ensure high availability and cost efficiency. We also share some exciting new SQS features that allow even more workloads to take advantage of the cloud.
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AWS COMPUTE BLOG

2016
Capital One is rapidly embracing cloud-native microservices architectures and applying them to both existing and new workloads. To advance microservices adoption, increase efficiencies of cloud resources and decouple application layer from the underlying infrastructure, the company is starting to use Docker to containerize the workloads and Amazon Elastic Container Service to manage them.
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Rob Alexander has been been the CIO of Capital one for roughly half of his 18 years with the company. He had a non-traditional path to the role. He studied physics as an undergraduate at Harvard, spent time in the Air Force, received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and spent roughly five and a half years as a consultant at Bain & Company. He joined Capital One in 1998, and would assume responsibility for a number of Capital One's lending businesses, including the U.S. consumer credit card and installment loan businesses.
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CAPITAL ONE

For most other enterprises, supersonic speed is the most elusive superpower for a heroic cloud journey — and the most necessary to harness. At Capital One, speed at scale has long been the modus operandi of the lean enterprise. Accelerated by an agile mindset and DevOps culture, the rapid rate of adoption enabled a cloud journey that transformed Capital One into what is now essentially a large fintech startup.
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Medium

Capital One’s Cloud Journey Through the Stages of Adoption
Capital One started its public cloud journey in 2013 in what it called an "Experimentation Phase," leveraging AWS in its innovation labs to test the technology and operating model. The company has since moved through all the stages of cloud adoption: building its cloud foundation, migrating applications and closing data centers, and finally working to optimize its AWS footprint.
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Medium

As it began its cloud migration, Capital One realized that its engineers would need a new set of skills to work in the cloud. Instead of looking to hire external talent, the company prioritized AWS certification for existing engineers, helping overcome skill gaps more rapidly.
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