Have some downtime on your hands? Need a distraction? Check out what our authors have been covering this week in our digest below.

Kubernetes Storage Provisioning: What You Should Know Before Deploying Containerized Applications

Historically, storage has been a big challenge in the IT industry. And storage comes with its own challenges like consistency, retention, replication, or migrating large data sets. All of these challenges aren’t new. And they haven’t gone away, especially now that we have modern distributed systems using containers. Kubernetes has become the orchestrator of choice to run containerized applications. But containers themselves are ephemeral. Therefore, there are still companies that are skeptical about using Kubernetes for all of their workloads. Find out more from Christian Meléndez on Weka’s blog. 

What Makes a Good Enterprise Release Manager?

Do you want your company to scale efficiently? Look for an enterprise release manager (ERM). An ERM protects and manages the movements of releases in multiple environments. This includes build, test, and production environments. They ensure that there is a proper structure in place for managing all a company’s projects and releases. The ERM manages the multitudes of projects simultaneously. At the same time, they ensure efficient management and maintain track of all the projects. Learn more from Michiel Mulders on Enov8’s blog. 

Product Strategy: A Guide With Examples and Best Practices

According to Wikipedia, a strategy is “a general plan to achieve one or more long-term or overall goals under conditions of uncertainty.” That last part is essential. Without uncertainty, you don’t need a strategy. You can go straight to a detailed plan. In uncertain circumstances, you have to rely on a high-level, general plan. One that says what you want to achieve, but leaves the how well enough alone. It gives direction without specifying speed or means of motion. It guides everyone’s actions and decisions without telling them exactly what to do. A product strategy, then, is a strategy to create and further develop a product to achieve one or more business goals. Find out more from Marjan Venema on Plutora’s blog. 

What Is Operational Intelligence? A Detailed Introduction

Every sector has a group of companies working to serve the same purpose. The automobile giants want to build great vehicles, and the companies in the food industry want to provide healthy and tasty food. But have you ever wondered why some companies are doing better than others? How are some of them more successful than the competition? Their success is achieved mostly by making the right decisions at the right time. People have adopted different strategies, techniques, and technologies to help them make the right decisions. And operational intelligence has brought the winds of change to decision making. Find out more from Omkar Hiremath on Plutora’s blog. 

Serverless deployment is the latest trend in the cloud arena. You have your code available, but it’s only executed when a request is made for it. It’s all provisioned within milliseconds and discarded afterward. You only pay for what you use. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? It’s also easier to update whenever you have to. So let’s take a closer look at how it works, what a deployment means, and a few examples. Learn more from Juan Pablo Macias Gonzalez on Scalyr’s blog.

We also updated a post recently on microservices in Java. Microservices are the cool new kids on the block. Whether you’re not yet sold on the idea of a distributed system or if you just can’t get enough of it, I’ve got you covered. This post is a quick start guide to get you up and running with microservices in Java. The task isn’t necessarily easy for me, though. Microservices can model all kinds of real world structures. And you can learn all about microservices on Scalyr’s blog.