On The Cloud Pod this week, the team is feeling nostalgic and a little nerdy, as you can see from the show title — a throwback to Serial Console and its ability to add a ton of characters when you didn’t want it to.
A big thanks to this week’s sponsors:
- Foghorn Consulting, which provides full-stack cloud solutions with a focus on strategy, planning and execution for enterprises seeking to take advantage of the transformative capabilities of AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure.
This week’s highlights
- 🚨 Amazon should be singing a different tune.
- 🚨 Google has astonished us all by actually sharing something interesting.
- 🚨 Azure is the strict school principal that just canceled lunch.
General News: Justin Said It First
- 🥇 VentureBeat predicts industry clouds could be the next big thing. Justin will take the royalties check anytime, VentureBeat.
Amazon Web Services: Please Don’t Keep It To Yourself
- 🤷 Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS is now generally available. Surprising because we don’t remember it going into beta.
- 🔭 AWS Distro for OpenTelemetry adds StatsD and Java support. We’re glad to see the continued investment in OpenTelemetry.
- 🤯 AWS DevOps Monitoring Dashboard solution is now generally available. The solutions library is a Rube Goldberg machine.
- 👍 Amazon Lookout for Metrics is now generally available — perfect for Ryan, who has no machine learning experience.
- 🎵 Amazon Elasticsearch Service announces a new Auto-Tune feature for improved performance and application availability. We wish Amazon would open source this.
- 👼 AWS SSO credential profile support is now available in the AWS Toolkit for VS Code. Thank you, Jesus.
- 🍎 Amazon is developing a chip to power the hardware switches that shuttle data around networks. Apparently Google and Apple are also doing this.
- 🦇 Troubleshoot boot and networking issues with new EC2 Serial Console. Must be useful for someone, maybe the people using enclaves?
Google Cloud Platform: Blame Active Directory
- 😊 Google wants customers to rethink their cloud migration strategy. Actually quite an interesting blog post — no, this is not sarcasm!
- 🎈 Google BigQuery was named a leader in the 2021 Forrester Wave: Cloud Data Warehouse. We actually agree with this; it really is a great product.
- 🧹 Google announces Cloud SQL for SQL Server now comes with Active Directory authentication. Helpful only if you are on GCP Active Directory.
Azure: Pay To Play
- ❄️ Azure has released several new compliance management capabilities to the Azure Security Center. We think this is really, really cool.
- 😲 Microsoft named a leader in the 2021 Forrester Wave: Function-as-a-Service Platforms. Congratulations to Microsoft.
TCP Lightning Round
⚡ Justin cuts through the awkward silence and takes this week’s point, leaving scores at Justin (4), Ryan (3), Jonathan (5).
Other headlines mentioned:
- Backup for Azure Managed Disk is now generally available
- Amazon EKS now supports Elastic Fabric Adapter
- Amazon WorkDocs offers additional sharing controls throughout its Android app
- Amazon SageMaker now supports private Docker registry authentication
- Amazon API Gateway now provides IAM condition keys for governing endpoint, authorization and logging configurations
- Amazon Timestream now supports Amazon VPC endpoints
- Create forecasting systems faster with automated workflows and notifications in Amazon Forecast
- AWS Config adds pagination support for advanced queries that contain aggregate functions
- AWS WAF adds support for Request Header Insertion
- Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) now supports Event Subscriptions
- Announcing AWS Step Functions’ integration with Amazon EMR on EKS
- Amazon EMR now supports Amazon EC2 Instance Metadata Service v2
- AWS Security Hub integrates with Amazon Macie to automatically ingest sensitive data findings for improved centralized security posture management
- Amazon SageMaker Autopilot adds Model Explainability
Things Coming Up
- Public Sector Summit Online — April 15–16
- Discover cloud storage solutions at Azure Storage Day — April 29
- AWS Regional Summits — May 10–19
- AWS Summit Online Americas — May 12–13
- Microsoft Build — May 19–21 (Digital)
- Google Financial Services Summit — May 27th
- Harness Unscripted Conference — June 16–17
- Google Cloud Next — Not announced yet (one site says Moscone is reserved June 28–30)
- Google Cloud Next 2021 — October 12–14, 2021
- AWS re:Invent — November 29–December 3 — Las Vegas
- Oracle Open World (no details yet)