Access Control Lists with Kong

Access control is an important function in our daily lives. Access control is provided in many different realms. For example, a physical door, a software program, or an API. Access control simply means that you are controlling who/what can access something. We’re going to focus this discussion around access control for an API. Businesses benefit from providing APIs to their internal (and external) developers.


Load testing with Azure Pipelines

If you want to jump straight to installing the marketplace extension, you can find it here. Performance issues can quickly turn expensive. Reasons can vary from unexpected traffic surges, pieces of non-performant code acting as bottlenecks, or misconfigured network components. Integrating load- and performance testing into your CI pipeline will allow you to know about performance degradations early, in most cases, even before it has any impact on your users in the production environment.


7 best practices for microservices security

Microservices have refashioned the way modern apps are developed. Previously, monolithic architecture was used for app development. A monolithic app is made from a single unit with three parts: a database, a client-side UI that runs on the user’s system or browser, and a server-side app. But in microservices, an app consists of multiple units. Each of these units runs alone and connects via APIs.

The 'new normal' of data management

There are few parts of business that the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t impacted, in some cases creating pervasive and long-lasting change. While no one knows exactly how our lives will emerge from this upheaval, for businesses it’s clear that long term survival depends on agility. Entire workforces have been mobilised in a matter of weeks. Employees – even the Luddites among us – have had to adopt new ways of working and many are in no rush to return to the traditional office!


AWS API Gateway vs. Application Load Balancer (ALB)

We recently wrote about whether API Gateway can act as a Load Balancer. The answer is yes and, in many cases, they are substitutes for each other. But how should we choose which one to use? In this article, we will dive into more details on how these two types of HTTP networking services compare, using the AWS services as a base level: API Gateway and Application Load Balancer (ALB). Both are highly-scalable services to a point that scalability should not be a concern for most use cases.


Quarkus vs. Spring

In modern application development and architecture, there has been a big push from monolithic, large applications that can do everything a product would need, to many smaller services that have a specific purpose. This onset has brought on the age of microservice frameworks (micro-frameworks), with the goal of making it easier to prototype, build, and design applications in this paradigm.


7 alerting optimizations you should use in your website and API monitoring

Alerting is central to your website, web application, and API monitoring. Getting the right message to the right people is essential to quickly resolving outages and error states. In this article, we walk you through seven aspects you need to consider when setting up the alerting for your monitors. If you need a general overview of how alerting works within Uptrends, we have a Knowledge Base article and an Academy course you may want to visit.


How to Autoscale Kubernetes Pods with Keda - Testing with k6

This article demonstrates how to Load Test an application deployed in a Kubernetes cluster, verify that the autoscaling is working, and identify potential performance bottlenecks. When you deploy an application to production on Kubernetes, you'll need to monitor traffic and scale up the application to meet heavy workloads during various times of the day. You'll also need to scale down your application to avoid incurring unnecessary costs.