Customer Stories

 

Streamlining the compliance and management of 110,000 servers and 4,000 applications

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Challenge

Barclays is part of a heavily regulated industry, so there is a need for clear reporting for audits, controls and governance policies. They also need to deploy and maintain 110,000 servers with all of the accompanying patches, updates, versioning, and changes they require, with a mix of Windows and Linux OSs in a highly mission-critical environment.

Solution

Deployed Chef Infra, Chef Automate and Chef InSpec with a self-service front end and automated cookbook testing built into what the company now terms its “Chef Cookbook Delivery Pipeline.” Chef InSpec with Test Kitchen is used for testing in dev and for compliance reporting using CIS profiles across the estate.

Impact

Barclays is able to fully automate its dev/prod pipeline while maintaining compliance, streamlining its software production, and enabling IT to add value to internal teams and end-users by accelerating new service and product delivery.

About Barclays

Size83,300 employees
IndustryFinancial
Websitehome.barclays

Barclays is one of the UK’s largest banks with a history of over 325 years. This includes over 83,000 employees, operating in 40 countries. They have 10,000 developers, 110,000 servers across 4000 applications. There are 500 applications deployed within a hybrid cloud. Barclays is a transatlantic consumer and wholesale bank with global reach, offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards, and wealth management, with a strong presence in its two home markets of the UK and the US.

“You can achieve speed through automation, through defining everything as code and executing that. You can do things at scale and it means things go wrong less, you save money, you save time, and there’s less involvement from manual intervention.”

Jonathan Arch
Public Cloud Deployment Engineer, Barclays

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