If you’ve been enjoying the summer sun and heat, maybe now’s a good time to take a quick break from it all and relax in the shade. While you do so, you can even catch up with our authors. Read what they’ve been covering below.

Cloud Architecture: A Definition and Introductory Guide

You’d have to be outside the IT industry altogether for the terms cloud computing and cloud architecture to be completely absent from your conversations. Even then, you may have used the cloud and services found therein in some shape or form. Accessing Google-hosted mail, Gmail, is one such situation where you’re using the cloud for communication. As is saving images into Apple’s aptly named iCloud. To understand what the cloud is, you’ll need to know the various types of cloud services there are. That, along with their differences, advantages, and ways to fully utilize them. Find out more about cloud architecture from Taurai Mutimutema on Plutora’s blog. 

Configuration Management Databases: What Is a CMDB?

A configuration management database (CMDB) is a basic element of the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework. Using a CMDB helps organizations keep all their information about important assets in a centralized place. Therefore, it helps with making better business decisions, with risk management, and with automating tasks. In today’s world, technology has become an integral part of every business. From small to large organizations, all businesses must run IT services to support their day-to-day tasks. This means that those organizations need to keep track of many assets, such as configurations and documentation. However, if you don’t track your assets and miss out on the latest updates for your assets, it can cause an IT failure or security issue. Find out more from Michiel Mulders on Plutora’s blog.

Performance is always linked with time. The faster your database is, the higher it’s performing. When it comes to databases, the interaction always happens with queries. So to measure the performance of your database, you have to measure the query time. And that’s what Omkar Hiremath will be talking about in this post. Find out more on Scalyr’s blog.

What CCPA Means for Your Security Practices

While you may have heard of CCPA, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, it can be hard to know what it means for your organization. In particular, what does it mean for your organization’s security practices? Michael De Ridder can answer that for you on Sqreen’s blog.

We also updated a post recently on Prometheus metrics.Perhaps you’re just evaluating whether Prometheus works for your use case. For new users like me when I started, it could be confusing what to do next. For instance, which metrics are available? How do you see the metrics from servers or applications? Is it possible to see logs? In this post on Scalyr’s blog, you can find out the answer to these questions and share some other things you can learn to get the most out of Prometheus.