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Clusters, Nodes, Pods, and Containers Explained

Understanding Kubernetes: Clusters, Nodes, Pods, and Containers Explained

What’s the difference between a cluster, a node, a pod, and a container in Kubernetes? Kubernetes introduces a lot of new vocabulary. Today, we will break down Kubernetes into several layers of abstraction from smallest to largest, focusing on clusters, nodes, pods, and containers. Container

June 14, 2024 | 2 min read
How to Implement Single Sign-On (SSO) with AWS Cognito and Azure AD

Single Sign-On (SSO) using AWS Cognito and Azure AD

Single Sign-On (SSO) solutions allow users to enter credentials once and access many systems simultaneously. IT administrators can use a local SSO server or a third-party service to manage authentication, allowing for centralized access management. SSO solutions strengthen managerial abilities and are highly advantageous to fast-developing firms. In this article, you’ll learn how to implement Single Sign-On on your application using AWS Cognito and AzureAD.

June 10, 2024 | 11 min read
Guide to API Endpoints

How to Empower Developers with Guardrails Instead of Cages

A recent 2024 Developer Experience study by Harness reported that “52% of developers cited burnout as a reason their developer peers leave their jobs.” Developer burnout can occur when developers are consistently overworked, under constant pressure, have unclear guidelines, and face an onslaught of tight deadlines. Throw in the post-pandemic blues and sprinkle in the state of the current tech economy, and it’s honestly surprising those numbers aren’t higher. When faced with such adversity, technology leaders must ensure the success of their development team. That hinges on the team’s ability to innovate, adapt, and respond swiftly to new challenges. But in order to do that, you need to find the right balance between freedom and control. Striking the right balance is not just a nice-to-have; it's a necessity. We’ll explore how to empower your developers by providing the right support and guidance—offering them guardrails that ensure safety and direction without feeling like the cages that so easily contribute to burnout. Here are a few considerations:

June 7, 2024 | 9 min read
Guide to API Endpoints
API Development

A Comprehensive Guide to API Endpoints

APIs (application programming interface) have become the backbone of modern applications. APIs enable different software systems to communicate and exchange data seamlessly, making it possible to build complex and feature-rich applications by leveraging the functionality of various services and platforms. At the heart of every API lies its endpoints–the specific URLs representing the entry points for accessing the API's resources and functionality. API endpoints define the contract between the API provider and the consumer, specifying the available operations, request formats, and response structures. In this complete guide, we want to help you understand API endpoints and how they work. We'll Show you how to build these endpoints within your organization and ensure they work effectively, efficiently, and securely. Let’s also explore howendpoints might change as technology progresses.

June 6, 2024 | 29 min read
Istio, Edge Stack API Gateway

Combining Edge Stack & Istio to Unlock the Full Potential of Your K8s Microservices

There is a key challenge with microservices architecture: communication. Your service needs to communicate with the outside world, but every service must also communicate with each other. From there, you end up with a whole host of other questions. How do you route all the traffic effectively? How do you do this securely? How do you track whether everything is working correctly? The answer for Kubernetes microservices lies within not one but two separate but related services that work better together: API gateways and service meshes. With Edge Stack as your API gateway and an Istio service mesh (or other relevant service meshes like Linkerd), each will handle a specific part of communication, and each comes with an array of other features to ensure secure, reliable, and observable interactions both within the cluster and with the outside world.

June 3, 2024 | 14 min read