Prodvana's Blog

Case Study

Doorstead streamlines its orchestration platform with Prodvana

Prodvana Marketing

Aug 28, 2023

By migrating to Prodvana, Doorstead can position itself for the next phase of its engineering and company journey, built on a scalable, efficient, and adaptable production environment. 

Thought Leadership

Service Catalogs Are Just The Start

Naphat Sanguansin

Jul 31, 2023

The software development landscape has witnessed a surge in the popularity of service catalogs, such as Backstage, Cortex.io, OpsLevel, and Port. These service catalogs have revolutionized how development teams collaborate and organize their development flows. However, they have a significant drawback: they lack a complement for abstracting away and orchestrating software in production.

Thought Leadership

CI/CD Joined Forever; Never The Same

Andrew Fong

May 24, 2023

Two core practices make up the DevOps cycle in DevOps: Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD). Their functions are intertwined, streamlining the flow of code from development to production. This interconnected flow leads to the misconception that they represent the same business process and that one technical platform can address both. This blog post aims to debunk this misconception by exploring the unique aspects of CI and CD, highlighting why each requires a specialized technical system.

Technical

Tenancy Made Easy With Convergence

Andrew Fong

May 18, 2023

Based on BCG’s findings and Prodvana’s industry interviews, these tenancy solutions are becoming the industry's dominant architectural patterns for B2B software. We will start by exploring the power of these architectures. Then, we will discuss how convergence-based deployment systems minimize the operational overhead of maintaining and deploying these architectures. The pendulum is swinging from fully optimizing for overhead to a balance of customer needs and operational overhead.

Technical

Unleashing the Power of Prodvana's Convergence-based Deployment Engine

Naphat Sanguansin

May 9, 2023

In this post, we'll dive into the powerful capabilities and flexibility of Prodvana's convergence engine. This engine is a critical component of a broader system that brings together configurations from multiple inputs (like services, applications, and environments) to make deployment decisions.

Thought Leadership

Managing Environments - the complexity of isolation and tenancy requirements

Andrew Fong

Apr 10, 2023

The cloud era gave us shared infrastructure leading to product patterns developed for multi-tenant environments. This architectural pattern drove margins and reduced the operational overhead of managing multiple customers. This post covers the basic architectures of tenancy and outlines best practices for building environments that support different tenancy needs. 

Technical

Developing a Deployment System

Naphat Sanguansin

Mar 8, 2023

Deployment is at the heart of the engineering process. A practical and robust deployment system enables engineers to ship code faster, more reliably, and spend time on their core competencies instead of debugging infrastructure.

Product

Increasing Engineering Efficiency with Prodvana

Andrew Fong

Jan 12, 2023

Efficiency is top of mind for everyone in 2023 and will continue to be relevant for the foreseeable future. This post explores how Prodvana can fit into your overall efficiency strategies.

Company Updates

Prodvana Achieves SOC 2 Type 2 Compliance

Andrew Fong

Jan 10, 2023

We’re excited to announce that Prodvana recently received our SOC 2 Type 2 compliance report!

Technical

Deployment Complexity in Distributed Systems (Part 2 of 2)

Anup Chenthamarakshan

Dec 15, 2022

Storage systems have very complex requirements for deployment. In this post we explore how Prodvana can make even the most complex deploys simple.

Technical

Deployment Complexity in Distributed System (Part 1 of 2)

Andrew Fong

Dec 15, 2022

Distributed systems have evolved and require more sophisticated ways to handle deployment. This is the first of a two part series on distributed systems and deployments.

Technical Strategy

Building a Golden Path from Production

Andrew Fong

Nov 29, 2022

This blog outlines Prodvana’s Golden Path -- our default software path to production. This is how we ship our product to you, our customers. With our golden path, we can onboard a new engineer at Prodvana in 30 minutes and have them deploying code safely in less than 1 hour. 

Industry Thoughts

CD’s complexities: A Product Engineer’s perspective

Rohit Khanwani

Nov 28, 2022

As a Product Engineer, I’ve seen firsthand how CD systems can slow down product development in growing engineering teams. 

Industry Thoughts

Why full context matters for safer deploys

Mike Cugini

Nov 14, 2022

As we’ve mentioned before, CD’s static nature is one of its fatal flaws. Static pipelines treat “delivery” as a discrete event without considering the ever-changing contexts surrounding it — whether it’s infrastructure changes, changes coming from other teams’ deployment pipelines, or changes in user behavior. CD usually misses these signals. 

Industry Thoughts

Imperative configs are out; Declarative configs are in.

Naphat Sanguanasin

Oct 28, 2022

Have you ever had to look up directions to meet a friend? Then memorized it or written it down? Only to find a roadblock, accident, electrical issues on the tracks, and many other unforeseeable issues.

Product

Introducing Prodvana Runtime: Fixing a fatal flaw in CD.

Andrew Fong

Oct 24, 2022

According to HashiCorp’s 2022 State of the Cloud report, 4 out of 5 companies use or plan to use multi-cloud.

Industry Thoughts

CD is fatally flawed. It’s time for Dynamic Delivery.

Andrew Fong

Oct 20, 2022

Continuous Delivery & Deployment have three fatal flaws which make them unsuited for modern software delivery.

Technical

Building Platforms Part 2: Defining First Principles

Naphat Sanguansin

Aug 3, 2022

In Part 1 of this series, I talked about the importance of having a platform strategy and why platforms are ultimately a business strategy. Once you have defined a strategy, the next step is to execute this strategy. Unfortunately, executing a large strategy is rarely ever simple, and plans will have to change and adapt.

Technical

Building Platforms Part 1: Platform as a Business Strategy

Naphat Sanguansin

Jul 28, 2022

How does one go about building platforms? As in most things, the place to start with is the why. In this blog post, I will argue the importance of defining a platform strategy and why platforms are necessarily a business strategy.

Company Origin

Naphat’s Origin Story: Why I Started Prodvana

Naphat Sanguansin

Jul 21, 2022

I was the tech lead for a project to replace Dropbox’s aging monolith with a modern platform. The monolith story is similar to many in the industry. There were many initiatives to improve the monolith situation, including a company-wide Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) push a few years prior. These initiatives all failed to make lasting changes due to conflicting incentives and priorities.

Company Origin

Zero Overhead

Andrew Fong

Jul 20, 2022

In 1996, my parents gave me a Performa 6115 Macintosh for my 15th birthday and a subscription to Dr. Dobbs, a magazine about programming that ended in 2014.