ONE™ interview: Alicia Fernández Lezaun

Part two in the series interviews and blogs about ONE™, the one-stop shop for game publishers.

Publish date: April 16, 2019

‘One platform to rule them all’ is the slogan used to introduce ONE™; the unique multi-cloud scaling platform developed by i3D.net. Through a series of interviews and blogs, you will get to know all the ins and outs of the ONE™ platform and the people behind it. This is part two on ONE™, read part one here.

When looking out the window the rain and wind is bashing into the i3D.net headquarters. The question rises why someone from sunny Spain would move to rainy Holland. Naturally, we will not only talk about the weather with Alicia Fernández Lezaun, but mostly about her job as a backend developer within the ONE™ team and her recent visit to the Ubisoft Developers Conference (UDC).  


From sunny Spain to rainy Holland… why!? 
AF: Definitely not for the weather! I am from Pamplona, Spain, where skies are blue and the sun shines most of the year. I came to the Netherlands for my education.  

What education was that? 
AF: I finished a Master in Telecommunications Engineering. In the second year I got the opportunity to study abroad and I got three options; France, US or the Netherlands at TU Delft. Because of the reputation of TU Delft, I picked the Netherlands.  

From Telecommunications Engineering to backend developer at i3D.net. How did that happen? 
AF: During my time in Delft, I found out that I wanted to further develop my programming skills… So when I started looking for a job I focused on development vacancies. I was contacted by a recruiter and introduced to i3D.net and the ONE™ development team.  

Recently you traveled to Montréal. Do you travel a lot for work? 
AF: Actually, the visit to Montréal was my first work related trip. When the question was asked who would like to visit UDC in Montréal, my hand went up immediately. 
 

When the question was asked who would like to visit UDC in Montréal, my hand went up immediately. 


UDC? Can you tell me more about that?
AF: Once a year, Ubisoft studios around the world gather in Montréal for the Ubisoft Developers Conference (UDC). UDC is a conference where developers attend presentations and participate in workshops in order to learn from each other. i3D.net got an invitation to attend the conference this year for the first time, because we recently became a Ubisoft company.  
 
Sounds like a real in-crowd event. Why was i3D.net invited? 
AF: We were invited to UDC to present our ONE™ platform. This platform combines the power of our global infrastructure with our in-house developed game hosting software, which allows you to burst to various public cloud providers in a heartbeat, roll our patches without player impact and manage your global player capacity, all in one dashboard.
 

We were invited to UDC to present our ONE™ platform.


Cool! Did the presentation go as planned?  
AF: It did, the presentation took about 45 minutes and all the important features within the ONE™ platform were discussed like; multi-cloud scaling, no-impact patching and cost efficiency. After the presentation Stefan Ideler, our CTO, and Victor van Vlaardingen, Product Owner of the ONE™ platform answered questions from the crowd.

Questions are what you want, it means that people are truly listening! 
AF: Haha definitely! That was the cool thing about this conference. There were about 450 people attending and all of them seemed interested in the work of others and ready to learn from one another.  

How did you spend the rest of your time during the conference? 
AF: There were a lot of activities. It is a conference, so we went to some interesting presentations and workshops. Because UDC is not attended by a lot of people, you could easily get in touch with people and that was the most valuable for me. I had some great one-on-one talks with developers from Ubisoft, talking about their work and telling them more about our ONE™ platform.  
 

I had some great one-on-one talks with developers from Ubisoft, talking about their work and telling them more about our ONE™ platform.


Did you have time to explore Montréal? 
AF: Yes, we had a day off to explore the city. I had never been to Montréal before, that was a nice bonus of this trip. And to come back to the Dutch weather in the first question. I found a place where the weather is even more bizarre than in Holland, the temperature in Montréal dropped to -16 degrees centigrade!  


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