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Development
SRE

DevOps vs. SRE: What’s the Difference?

DevOps and SRE roles have some overlap, but they support very distinct parts of the development cycle. We break down their different responsibilities and day-to-day work in this article.
By
Cortex
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September 28, 2022
Cortex
Product Updates
SRE

Scorecards for Resources

With the introduction of the Resource Catalog, Cortex revolutionized the way developers work with their microservice architecture. Now, with Scorecards for resources, you can gain even more insight into your resources and treat them like any other production-grade asset.
By
Cortex
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September 27, 2022
Development

Measure and improve developer productivity

To ensure that the developer team builds quality software fast and efficiently, you need to measure and improve developer productivity. Read on find out how.
By
Cortex
-
September 21, 2022
Microservices
Development

Consider these 9 microservices best practices to help you ditch your monolith

We’ve broken down the best strategies to apply before, during, and after microservice migration so that you can sail through the most common operational and engineering challenges.
By
Cortex
-
September 14, 2022
Microservices

Improve, enforce, and ensure microservice quality

Learn how to build a lasting foundation of reliability in less time, no matter what stage your services are at today.
By
Cortex
-
August 31, 2022
Microservices
Cortex

Using Team Hierarchies to promote accountability

With Cortex’s Team Hierarchies, leaders can gain powerful insight into how teams are operating. Hierarchies empower leaders to take a people-first approach to service maturity and drive accountability across their organization.
By
Cortex
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August 24, 2022
Microservices
Development

Building a DORA metrics Scorecard

DORA metrics offer invaluable insight into how your DevOps teams are performing. With the power of Scorecards, you can transform these analytics into action, and set meaningful goals for improving your processes.
By
Cortex
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August 10, 2022
Cortex
Microservices
Product Updates

Introducing the Resource Catalog

The Resource Catalog offers unparalleled visibility into your infrastructure, unlocking the ability for developers to manage and track these assets just like services. By promoting ownership and accountability, the Resource Catalog revolutionizes the way we see service architecture.
By
Cortex
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July 27, 2022
Cortex
Microservices

Structuring your templates with Cortex’s Scaffolder

Cortex’s Scaffolder tool helps you build and modify services using a consistent template. This can remove redundancies and keep different types of code standardized based on that template. Learn more about structuring your templates with Cortex’s Scaffolder here.
By
Cortex
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July 13, 2022
SRE
Microservices

Building reliable services: A guide to setting SLOs

Setting relevant SLOs is the key to improving service reliability for your users. Read this guide to understand what service level objectives are and how you can set effective ones with your team.
By
Cortex
-
July 6, 2022
Microservices
Business

It’s the end of Q2 — Do you know how your microservices are doing?

With a new quarter coming up, this is the perfect time to look back at how your microservices have performed and plan improvements. Here are some ways to improve your planning process for Q3 and beyond.
By
Cortex
-
June 29, 2022
Microservices
Testing

Testing your microservices architecture with Shift Left

Since your team is often making changes to software, it is inefficient to test your software only before production. Microservices architecture should integrate shift left testing from the beginning of the development cycle to detect software bugs early on and proactively plan tangible processes to resolve issues. Read on to learn more.
By
Cortex
-
June 22, 2022
Microservices

“Keep calm and use the runbook” – Why runbooks are the key to handling any situation effectively

The key to building reliable services is proper preparation. See here how runbooks can help you do just that, by ensuring the right knowledge is readily available when you need it most.
By
Cortex
-
June 15, 2022
Engineering
Cloud Migration

The 6 Rs of cloud migration

Depending on your business’s scale, your application’s use cases, and available resources, you can choose from the 6 Rs of cloud migration. This article provides information regarding the suitability and benefits of these migration strategies helping you decide which cloud migration approach best fits your needs.
By
Cortex
-
June 8, 2022
Microservices
Testing

Deployment strategies for testing microservices

Microservices need to be continuously tested against end-users to adapt the application to changing preferences and requests. Read on to learn about how development teams need to plan robust deployment strategies before testing microservices.
By
Cortex
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June 1, 2022
Engineering
Cortex

How we cut our Postgres RPS by 50%

Over the last year, we’ve been focusing on scaling our infrastructure to handle our growing number of customers and introducing key process changes to help manage complexity.
By
Aditya Bansal
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May 25, 2022
Microservices
Cloud Migration

Cloud migration strategies for microservices

With a significant number of companies moving their digital infrastructure to the cloud, a good cloud migration strategy could be the difference between functional applications and disrupted workflow. Read on to learn how to choose the best strategy specific to your company’s cloud migration needs
By
Cortex
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May 18, 2022
Microservices
Cortex
Business

How service ownership improves shipping velocity

At DockerCon 2022, we had a conversation with engineering leads from two successful platforms about how they manage microservices, reliability, and more. Check out the highlights here!
By
Cortex
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May 11, 2022
Engineering
Microservices

Microservices architecture and design patterns

When building a microservices application, you have many options for how you approach inter-service communication, data management, and more. Here are some common design patterns for microservices architectures.
By
Cortex
-
May 4, 2022
Business
Cortex

The story behind our name

We’ve always been committed to giving engineering teams a central way to organize and understand their architecture, but did you know we weren’t initially called Cortex? Here’s how we found our name & why it’s the perfect fit for us.
By
Anish Dhar
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April 27, 2022
Engineering
Microservices
Testing

How to test microservices

Continuously testing microservices at different stages of production and development helps you see how each microservice works individually and how it integrates with other services in the network. Learn more about how you can use different strategies to test microservices architecture.
By
Cortex
-
April 20, 2022
Microservices
Engineering

Best practices for logging microservices

Logging is an essential debugging and analytics tool for any software system. Here’s how to approach logging for microservices, which come with unique challenges given their distributed nature.
By
Cortex
-
April 13, 2022
Microservices
Engineering
Security

Securing your microservices architecture

Implementing effective security protocols as an ongoing process in the software lifecycle is critical to protect against attacks. Here are some of the best practices to implement a comprehensive security strategy for microservices.
By
Cortex
-
April 6, 2022
Java
Engineering
Microservices

Creating Java Spring Boot microservices

Learn about creating Spring Boot microservices using Spring Initializr, JHipster, or through custom templating.
By
Cortex
-
March 30, 2022
Engineering
Kubernetes
Microservices

Kubernetes service discovery

Kubernetes is a pioneering open-source system that automates the deployment, management, and scaling of containerized applications. In this post, we'll go over a few fundamentals of containerized applications and how service discovery works in Kubernetes.
By
Cortex
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March 23, 2022
Engineering
Java
Microservices

A guide to Java microservice frameworks

With so many Java frameworks out there, how do you know which one is the best fit for your microservice architecture? Learn about a few key frameworks and primary considerations before you adopt one.
By
-
March 16, 2022
Microservices

How to strategically approach documenting microservices

Documenting microservices helps to increase developer productivity and resolve issues faster. Here’s how to approach this key part of microservices architecture software development.
By
Cortex
-
March 9, 2022
Microservices

Service discovery for microservices: components, patterns & more

Learn how to automatically locate available instances within a microservice architecture with Cortex's guide to service discovery for microservices.
By
Cortex
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March 2, 2022
SRE

Understanding Mean Time to Resolve (MTTR)

MTTR can provide insight into how effectively your team responds to incidents and how reliable your software is. Learn more about this valuable metric, how to interpret it, and how to leverage this information to minimize downtime.
By
Cortex
-
February 23, 2022
Cookiecutter
Engineering
Cortex

How to write a Cookiecutter template

Cookiecutter has thousands of ready-made templates, but it’s also easy to write your own! In this article, you’ll learn how to create a custom template to standardize just about any part of your development workflow.
By
Aditya Bansal
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February 16, 2022
Business
Engineering

Microservices pros and cons

What are the advantages and disadvantages of microservices vs. a monolithic architecture? Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re starting to investigate a microservices migration in 2022.
By
Cortex
-
February 9, 2022
Cookiecutter

An overview of Cookiecutter

Cookiecutter is a templating library for creating boilerplate for projects in any programming language. In this article, we dig deeper into Cookiecutter’s capabilities, use cases, and tradeoffs.
By
Cortex
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February 2, 2022
Business
Cortex

Building Cortex as a remote company

Remote work presents unique challenges for innovation, execution and iteration – all of which are key to building a product that people love. These challenges are even more pronounced when building a company from scratch! Here’s how we navigated building a remote-first company at Cortex.
By
Ganesh Datta
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February 2, 2022
Business
SRE

5 ways to measure the quality of your engineering culture

We’ve looked at five pillars of high-performing engineering organizations to show you how to standardize, quantify, and track your way to a better culture.
By
Nikhil Unni
-
January 19, 2022
Engineering
Business

11 best developer productivity tools for 2022: A buyer’s guide

From project management tools to searchable repository apps to integrated database management systems, here are the best productivity tools for developer teams in the coming year, from the experts at Cortex.
By
Cortex
-
January 12, 2022
Backstage

Getting started with Spotify Backstage

Backstage acts as a single pane of glass, providing a centralized place for all of your resources. In this article, you’ll learn how to start working with Backstage and install plugins.
By
Cortex
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December 31, 2021
Backstage

The ultimate guide to running Spotify Backstage

Wondering how to go beyond “vanilla” Backstage and get the most out of this open-source developer portal? Learn about the additional features your team can build and customize in this guide.
By
Cortex
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December 30, 2021
Development
Engineering

Building An RFP For An Internal Developer Portal

An Internal Developer Portal is a core foundation of modern engineering organizations. They generally cover service and resource cataloging, scorecards, integrations, and more. Since IDPs are so critical to your engineering process, selecting your IDP requires rigor and a well-crafted RFP to evaluate your options. Read on to learn more.
By
Cortex
-
December 28, 2021
Business
Microservices

End the year with a smart strategy for your services in 2022

No matter where you are on the road to microservice architecture, here’s a plan to make next year one of continual improvement at your organization.
By
Cortex
-
December 21, 2021
Cortex

CQL value propositions

CQL is a powerful tool that enables users to access all of the metadata about all of their services, unlocking insights deep within the Catalog.
By
Cortex
-
December 21, 2021
Cortex

How a developer uses Cortex

By
Cortex
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December 19, 2021
Cortex

How an SRE uses Cortex

In this guide, we’ll take a look at how Cortex can serve as a single pane of glass for SREs, providing visibility and powerful audits they can leverage to make sure services are meeting standards.
By
-
December 19, 2021
Cortex

How an engineering leader uses Cortex

In this guide, we’ll take a look at how Cortex can help engineering leaders set and enforce organization-wide standards, and how our platform can help them shape a broader culture of accountability.
By
Cortex
-
December 19, 2021
Engineering
Cortex

How we expect the unexpected in Kotlin

`IntegrationValue` is a type that can return any value but encapsulates all possible errors from 3rd party integrations. It allows us to handle expected and unexpected exceptions and errors gracefully and surface clean error messages to our customers when we cannot retry or handle them.
By
Nikhil Unni
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December 15, 2021
Business
Microservices

The 5 stages of the microservice life cycle and the best tools to optimize them

Whether you’re transitioning from a monolithic to microservices architecture or building microservices from scratch, here are 13 tools to consider, for whichever stage of software development you’re at.
By
Cortex
-
December 15, 2021
Engineering
Microservices
Testing

An overview of the key microservices testing strategies, types of tests, & the best testing tools

Learn about the importance of different types of testing, from unit testing to contract testing, and the tools to help you, from Pact to Vercel.
By
Cortex
-
December 14, 2021
Cloud Migration
Engineering

A guide to cloud migration tools

Cloud migration tools provide support to companies making the shift from on-premises to cloud environments. Read this guide for tool recommendations and tips to pick the tools that best align with your team’s and your application’s needs.
By
Cortex
-
December 10, 2021
Cloud Migration

Lift and shift migration strategy

For cloud-ready applications, the lift and shift migration strategy is the most straightforward approach to moving your on-premises applications to the cloud without making any changes to the code. In this article, we discuss the conditions that favor the lift and shift migration strategy and the process of implementing it successfully.
By
Cortex
-
December 9, 2021
Business
SRE
Cookiecutter

Evangelize the SRE mindset at your organization

How are problems handled in your engineering organization? Learn how to evangelize the SRE mindset and foster a culture of ownership and reliability with these 7 tips.
By
Cristina Buenahora
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December 7, 2021
Engineering
Business
Cortex

How we built a robust demo environment for our sales team

With the help of the Service Locator pattern in our React app, we created a container specifically for our demo environment that can pre-load specific API calls, giving sales reps a deterministic, stable, and reliable demo environment.
By
Ganesh Datta
-
December 1, 2021
Engineering
Microservices

Microservices architecture vs. service-oriented architecture (SOA)

What developer teams need to understand about the complexities of microservices, which use small autonomous modules of code and API protocols, and SOA, which has reusable software components with a middleware communication tool.
By
Cortex
-
December 1, 2021
Business
Cortex

Announcing Cortex’s $15 Million Series A

Today, Cortex is announcing a huge milestone - our Series A round. The $15 million in funding, co-led by Tiger Global and Sequoia Capital, will help drive our mission to transform how engineering teams build and deliver great software.
By
Anish Dhar
-
November 18, 2021
Cookiecutter
Engineering
Cortex

How to start a data science project using Cookiecutter

Learn how to create a data science project using the UK government's existing Cookiecutter template for kicking off new projects by following these simple steps.
By
Aditya Bansal
-
November 10, 2021
Business
SRE

The hidden costs of outages and quick first steps to preventing them

We all know that downtime is a problem, but how do you make that tangible for leadership? Here’s some data that quantifies the cost of outages, and tips for getting started early on preventing this worst-case scenario.
By
Cortex
-
November 3, 2021
Cookiecutter
Cortex
Engineering

How to spin up a Python + Django Microservice using Cookiecutter

Learn how to create a Python + Django microservice using an existing Cookiecutter template by following these simple steps.
By
Aditya Bansal
-
October 27, 2021
Business
Cortex

Three steps to a culture of quality

When it comes to working with microservices vs. a monolith, there are some cultural changes that every engineering team should consider. These three tips will help you avoid tricky sources of inefficiency and build better services.
By
Cortex
-
October 20, 2021
Cookiecutter
Cortex
Engineering

How to create a Spring Boot Microservice using Cookiecutter

Learn how to create a Spring Boot microservice using an existing Cookiecutter template by following these simple steps.
By
Aditya Bansal
-
October 13, 2021
Business
Microservices

Why today’s engineering leaders are focusing on standardization—and how you can too

Standardization is becoming a hot topic. Here’s why it’s so important, and concrete advice for bringing consistent operational practices to your engineering team.
By
Cortex
-
October 5, 2021
Cookiecutter
Cortex
Engineering

Standardizing project templates with Cookiecutter

Cookiecutter is a flexible templating engine that allows your team to easily create new services based off standard templates that ensure consistent structure and follow the team's defined best practices.
By
Aditya Bansal
-
September 29, 2021
SRE

How SREs can drive team adoption of the 4 golden signals

As an SRE, you probably already realize that the four golden signals—latency, traffic, errors, and saturation—are key for monitoring your system. The hard part is making sure your team adopts these signals and uses them to drive actual progress and prioritization. Here’s some tips for putting these numbers into action.
By
Cortex
-
September 15, 2021
Integration
SRE

Instant service information using Cortex & Slack

By using Cortex and Slack together, you’ll always be up to date with the latest org-wide initiatives, be able to get quick information about services within Cortex, and know who to reach out when Cortex doesn’t have what you’re looking for.
By
Cortex
-
September 9, 2021
SRE
Business

How to build a modernization strategy

Modernizing your company's infrastructure is critical to delivering high quality and secure software at lower costs. But undertaking modernization projects can be incredibly daunting - here we layout tips and strategies you can use to approach modernization at your company.
By
Cortex
-
August 25, 2021
Integration
SRE

Handling incidents with PagerDuty & Cortex

Integrating PagerDuty into Cortex can help your team enforce adoption of on-call best practices for each service and team as well as track dozens of key metrics like MTTR through Scorecards.
By
Cortex
-
August 19, 2021
Business
SRE

Improve velocity and reliability through service standardization

Establishing consistency in the way microservices are built can save time, lead to higher quality architecture, and allow the focus to be on the needs of the customer.
By
Cortex
-
August 3, 2021
Integration
SRE

Monitoring application stability in Cortex with Lightstep

Integrating Lightstep into Cortex can help teams import services easily, view Lightstep SLOs, and monitor application stability through Lightstep specific Scorecard rules.
By
Cortex
-
July 29, 2021
Development
SRE

Making security a first-class concern for developers

Despite security often being an engineer's after-thought, it is increasingly critical to the success of software products. Developers need tools and incentives to write code with security in mind.
By
Cortex
-
July 22, 2021
Integration
SRE
Development

Monitoring application stability in Cortex with Bugsnag

Integrating Bugsnag into Cortex can help users monitor application stability through the use of Scorecards.
By
Cortex
-
July 8, 2021
Business
Development

The 6 keys to onboarding engineers in a remote-first world

Remote work is here to stay - here's 6 tips you can use to build a great onboarding process and make your engineering team more cohesive and productive as a result.
By
Cortex
-
July 1, 2021
Integration
SRE
Development

Monitoring development maturity in Cortex with GitLab

Integrating GitLab into Cortex can help teams import services easily, view Git commits alongside other events in the service timeline, and monitor development maturity using Scorecards.
By
Cortex
-
June 24, 2021
Business
SRE

The power of adopting an SRE mindset

With the growth of the SRE role, we're exploring a few key SRE principles that we believe apply strongly across functions and all engineering teams would benefit from adopting.
By
Cortex
-
June 17, 2021
Integration
SRE
Development

Monitoring code quality & security in Cortex with SonarQube

Integrating SonarQube into Cortex can help users monitor code quality and security through the use of Scorecards.
By
Cortex
-
June 10, 2021
Business
SRE

Prepare for overnight success — with the right load testing approach

We've all dreamed of going viral and seeing usage skyrocket overnight but how do we actually prepare for that moment?
By
Cortex
-
June 3, 2021
Integration
SRE
Development

Monitoring service issues in Cortex with Sentry

Integrating Sentry into Cortex can help users view Sentry events alongside other service events and pinpoint service issues.
By
Cortex
-
May 27, 2021
Microservice Catalog
SRE

How to drive ownership in microservices

Keeping track of service ownership across all microservices is extremely important but how should teams self-organize to achieve it and where's the best place to start?
By
Cortex
-
May 20, 2021
SRE
Development

4 ways to improve your influence as an SRE

On paper, being an SRE may look nothing like being in sales. But in reality, there’s more overlap than you might think. Learn four ways you can improve your influence within the engineering team as a SRE!
By
Cortex
-
April 27, 2021
Integration
SRE
Development

Easily map Snyk vulnerabilities to Cortex services

Cortex integrates with Snyk to help map vulnerabilities to services in the catalog and monitor vulnerabilities using Scorecards.
By
Cortex
-
March 29, 2021
Microservice Catalog
Development

How to make the move to microservices—with no regrets

The move from a monolith to a microservices can be daunting. Here are five things to keep in mind that we’ve learned from helping teams navigate this transition.
By
Cortex
-
March 25, 2021
SRE
Business

The top 3 mistakes companies make with SLOs, SLAs, and SLIs

We see teams fall into a few common traps with SLOs, SLIs, and SLAs. In this article, we’ll define these acronyms and show you how to avoid the mistakes other teams make.
By
Cortex
-
March 9, 2021
SRE
Business

Best practices for your team's on-call rotations

Your on-call system is vital to business — you must be able to help customers fix issues as fast as possible. But getting the rotation right is vital to keeping your team happy and engaged.
By
Cortex
-
February 13, 2021
Business

Why you need a microservices catalog tool

Microservices offer increased flexibility and scalability but how do you keep track of all your microservices?
By
Cortex
-
February 9, 2021
Business
SRE

A guide to the best SRE tools

Since the emergence of SRE practices twenty years ago, there have been dozens of tools created to help this vital team improve service quality and reliability. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the most important SRE tools, and their most important features.
By
Cortex
-
February 3, 2021
Kubernetes

How to visualize your k8s services with ownership, on-call, SLO's, and more

Kubernetes (k8s) is an open-source system for managing containerized applications. Since 2014, K8s has revolutionized modern application building towards containers and microservices.
By
Kathy Huang
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February 3, 2021
Engineering

More sophisticated schemas with advanced GraphQL features

By
David Choi
-
January 28, 2021
Microservices
Business

Monoliths vs. Microservices: Differences, Pros & Cons, and Choosing the Right Architecture

Learn the differences between monolithic and microservice architectures, their pros and cons, and the complexities of scaling each.
By
Cortex
-
January 28, 2021
SRE

What is SRE?

Site reliability engineering, or SRE, bridges the gap between developers and ops, while improving the overall reliability of your application. In this guide, we’ll look at the core principles of SRE and how it can benefit your organization.
By
Cortex
-
January 28, 2021
Engineering
Kubernetes

Beginner's guide to Kubernetes

An introduction to Kubernetes: We'll explore architectural concepts, advantages of using Kubernetes, how to set up Kubernetes, and how to run commands on a local machine using Minikube.
By
Arun Mathew Kurian
-
September 23, 2020
Kubernetes
Engineering

Understanding Kubernetes services & ingress networking

This article looks at the concepts of Kubernetes Services and Kubernetes Ingress.
By
Arun Mathew Kurian
-
September 23, 2020
Business
Microservices
Engineering

Taming your microservices: The case for a modern catalog

Microservices and service-oriented architectures may be appealing alternatives to monoliths, but they come with their own challenges. Learn how you can tame your microservices with the right processes and tools.
By
Cortex
-
June 1, 2020
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