DevSecOps Interview Q&A: Part 5

Laxfed Paulacy
3 min readJan 20, 2023

They might want to know how to add disk space, bruh!


What steps would you take if an application required additional disk space?

If an application running in a Kubernetes cluster required additional disk space, there are several steps that I would take to address the issue:

  1. Identify the source of the disk space issue: The first step would be to determine the source of the disk space issue. This could be caused by an increase in application data or log files, or by an issue with the storage provisioned for the application.
  2. Evaluate the current storage provision: Once the source of the issue is identified, I would evaluate the current storage provision for the application. This would include checking the size of the Persistent Volume (PV) and Persistent Volume Claim (PVC) associated with the application, as well as the storage class used for the PV.
  3. Increase the size of the PV and PVC: If the disk space issue is caused by a lack of storage, the size of the PV and PVC associated with the application can be increased. This can be done by modifying the PV and PVC configuration files and reapplying them to the cluster.
  4. Optimize storage usage: If the disk space issue is caused by an increase in application data or log files, I would work to optimize storage usage. This could include implementing log rotation, archiving or deleting old log files, or implementing data compression.
  5. Monitor disk usage: To prevent this issue from happening again, I would set up monitoring to track disk usage for the application. This would allow me to detect disk space issues early and take action before they become critical.
  6. Scale horizontally: Another option, if disk space is the issue, is to scale the application horizontally by adding more replicas of the pods, which could help to distribute the load and the data between more storage devices.
  7. Consider other storage solutions: If the current storage solution is not meeting the requirements of the application, I would consider other storage solutions such as network-attached storage (NAS) or storage area network (SAN) that could provide additional storage capacity.
  8. Use storage dynamic provisioning: Kubernetes allows storage to be dynamically provisioned, which means that storage resources can be created and deleted automatically according to the needs of the application, without the need of manual intervention. This feature can be enabled in the cluster by setting the storage class and provisioner for the PV.

It’s important to note that the specific steps and tools used to address additional disk space requirements will depend on the specific requirements of the application and the resources available in the cluster. Additionally, it’s best to consult the Kubernetes documentation, the cluster administrator, or a Kubernetes expert for guidance on the best approach for a particular use case.

In addition to the steps I’ve outlined above, it’s also important to consider the security and compliance aspect of data storage, especially if dealing with sensitive information. There are various solutions available such as Vault, SealedSecrets, and Git-Crypt that can help to secure sensitive data at rest and in transit.

Finally, it’s also worth mentioning that disk space requirements can change over time, and it’s important to keep monitoring the usage and plan for future growth. It’s a good practice to have a disaster recovery plan in place, in case of any unplanned disk space loss.

In summary, if an application required additional disk space, I would identify the source of the issue, evaluate the current storage provision, increase the size of the PV and PVC, optimize storage usage, monitor disk usage, consider other storage solutions, and take security and compliance into consideration.




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