Sonal came to us with impressive industry credentials: 13 years’ experience designing and developing enterprise‑scale products and systems. She grew her expertise in network security working with organizations such as Microsoft, McAfee, IPolicy (Tech Mahindra), and Bank of America (BA Continuum). Having only joined Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 18 months ago, you could say she’s uniquely equipped to give a birds-eye view of her new team.
First things first—why did she pick Oracle? “Oracle Cloud Infrastructure competes with the likes of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft in the growing market for virtual on-demand infrastructure and services. What I wanted was the opportunity to design and build a new cloud service from the ground up, while still working for a globally recognized brand. That was my biggest motivation in joining this team.”
That’s not the only thing that made Oracle Cloud Infrastructure stand out to Sonal. “OCI aims to be more than just another cloud service provider. It brings vast expertise in data management to the platform too,” she explains. “We deliver a Data Integration Service (DIS) that can efficiently, ingest, cleanse, transform, shape, and load data as well as providing data lifecycle management for customers.”
Sonal’s team is responsible for the control plane, or management layer, of this Data Integration Service. “I’m part of the Control Plane team which offers a unique ringside view of the entire platform and all its services which take shape before the commercial launch. To me, that’s the most exciting and rewarding part.”
Sonal’s team is also responsible for deciding the network pattern that suits a particular service, creating the entire network structure using automation, executing service deployments, and using microservices to dynamically provision the network pieces required for the services to run. “It involves a deep understanding of networking, security, operating systems, multi-threaded parallel processing, systems architecture, and programming. And we use cutting-edge frameworks in Python, Terraform, Docker, and Kubernetes,” she confirms enthusiastically.
It’s one of the most mentally stimulating work environments Sonal has ever experienced. “A typical day for me starts with a quick morning meeting to prioritize and resolve dependencies. This is followed by heads-down core working hours on our assigned modules,” she continues. “We usually have some ad-hoc discussions with various teams on issues, design, and code reviews. The day culminates with an evening Zoom to connect with our colleagues in North America. We work together as one seamless team.”
When it comes to team culture, Sonal says this is another area where Oracle Cloud Infrastructure excels. “We have a very open culture where everyone is empowered to explore new ideas and contribute to solutions. It helps that all levels of our organization are so approachable,” she shares.
Apparently, “employee-friendly” is the best way to describe Sonal team. “Diversity is valued, good performance is always rewarded, and we all love how flexible the working hours are,” she lists. “For me, it’s about getting to spend quality time with my husband and 5-year-old daughter. I also like having time to myself to paint, read biographies, and explore new places.”
When asked if she has any career advice to offer, Sonal’s strong engineering values shine through: “Commit to life-long learning—stay ahead of the curve with new technologies, tools, and frameworks. It always pays off!”
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is hiring engineers of all levels in India! Learn about the range of opportunities in Sonal’s team.