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Embracing Mistakes as a Cloud Network Architect | Nick Davitashvili on the Altitude Podcast

In this episode of Altitude, Woody welcomes special guest Nick Davitashvili, Senior Cloud Network Architect at Aviatrix. Nick is an accomplished architect and keynote speaker with a strong background in networking, cloud, and cybersecurity architecture. He brings a unique and profound perspective to his role; having lived in various parts of the world, he's cultivated a multi-faceted approach to his work as a cloud network architect. The two dive into the fascinating realms of anti-fragility and cloud network architecture, offering listeners valuable insights into these complex subjects. Nick explains the concept of anti-fragility – a system's ability to thrive and improve from volatility, unlike traditional fragile systems. The discussion extends to how cloud network architectures can benefit from anti-fragile principles, adapting and growing stronger in the face of disruptions. About Altitude and Host Woody: About Nick’s personal story of multi talents, unorthodox mindset, and inspiring career journey Timestamped Overview: [00:00:50] Cloud architect enjoys solving connectivity challenges at Aviatrix. [00:03:41] Music school in Georgia (not the U.S. state), Indian classical music. [00:08:25] Cloud projects often require improvisation and adaptation. Improvising is a skill that requires being in the moment and making judgment calls. It stimulates different neural connections and can boost performance. [00:10:23] Music and coding are similar creative processes. Context is important when analyzing data. Challenging thought processes lead to learning and growth. Reflection is crucial for understanding cloud architecture. [00:13:44] Architects must embrace mistakes, question standards, improvise, and take risks. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills matter more than academic credentials. [00:18:19] Anti-fragility in systems: embracing errors, gaining strength. [00:23:10] DevOps embraces anti-fragility, including chaos engineering and security. [00:26:33] Decentralization, distributed cloud, security controls, and redundancy. [00:27:47] Closing thoughts.