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If you are familiar with Transactional Databases, you probably worked with the ACID properties. In the context of transaction processing, the acronym ACID refers to the four key properties of a transaction: atomicity, consistency, isolation, and durability. Here we want to talk about Isolation Levels.

What is Isolation Level?

Transactions specify an isolation level that defines the degree to which one transaction must be isolated from resource or data modifications made by other transactions. Isolation levels are described in terms of which concurrency side-effects, such as dirty reads or phantom reads, are allowed[1].

When working with database transactions, we must ask ourselves; which isolation…

Sometimes we prefer to store the GCP Service Account key directly in a Vault path. With this approach, doing some things like Key rotation, Offboarding the users who had access to a Vault path, and basically, Access management could be extremely hard! The benefits of using this secrets engine to manage the Google Cloud IAM service accounts are:

  • Automatic cleanup of GCP IAM service account keys — each Service Account key is associated with a Vault lease. When the lease expires (either during normal revocation or through early revocation), the service account key is automatically revoked.
  • Quick, short-term access —…

The typical way of communicating with the Vault service is adding the VAULT_TOKEN value as a constant in the environment, But is it a safe solution? Of course not! There is another way which is more reliable and secure. In this article, I’m just trying to explain the main concept and not dive into the details on each step because If you get the concept, after this, it’s up to you how to configure the auth method, put these pieces together, or how to make up your environment to use it.

But before getting involved with all aspects, Let’s see…

Amir Soleimani

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