On The Cloud Pod this week, the team admits to using the podcast as a way to figure out what day it is. Justin also relents and includes Azure news because he couldn’t handle any more Oracle mobile apps announcements.
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
- 🚨 Social media influencers can breathe a sigh of relief.
- 🚨 Amazon is dangling a carrot in front of one of its partners.
- 🚨 Azure is throwing a spanner in the works.
General News: Not Cool News
- 💣 The FBI arrests a man for his plan to kill “70% of the internet” in an AWS bomb attack. 70% is quite a stretch but we’re sure it would have caused a crappy day for a lot of people.
- 🥳 Hashicorp has released its Boundary 0.2 release with several new features. We’re really excited about this.
- 😐 Announcing HashiCorp Terraform 0.15 General Availability. If you believe it, this is really great news.
Amazon Web Services: Good At Compromising
- 💯 AWS announces AQUA is now generally available. Justin should have gotten a prediction point for this one.
- 🤗 Amazon Managed Service for Grafana now offers more support. We’ll see if Grafana can actually make money out of its partnership with Amazon.
- 👏 Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL now integrates with AWS Lambda. This is really cool!
- 🤑 Decrease machine learning costs with instance price reductions and savings plans for Amazon SageMaker. Some pretty significant savings here.
Google Cloud Platform: Colossal
- 🏊♀️ Google takes a deep dive into its scalable storage solution, Colossus. Nothing new here.
- 🔧 Google announces tracking index backfill operation progress in Cloud Spanner. This is super important.
- 🗺️ The new Google Cloud region in Warsaw is open. Nice to see Eastern Europe getting another region.
Azure: Someone Out There Cares
- 👍 User data through Azure Instance Metadata Service is now generally available. It would be great to use this with VMWare.
- 🙂 Microsoft announces encryption is now supported at the host level with AKS. Compliance people will be happy with this one.
- 🙁 Microsoft announces plans to establish its first datacenter region in Malaysia. Just an announcement — don’t get too excited because it’s not opening yet.
TCP Lightning Round
⚡ Jonathan takes the cake and this week’s point, leaving scores at Justin (6), Ryan (3), Jonathan (6).
Other headlines mentioned:
- Amazon Pinpoint is now FedRAMP High Compliant
- You can now use macros and transforms in CloudFormation templates to create AWS CloudFormation StackSets
- Amazon Macie adds CloudWatch logging for job status and health monitoring of sensitive data discovery jobs
- Amazon Textract achieves FedRAMP compliance
- Now visualize and report patch compliance using AWS Systems Manager Patch Manager
Things Coming Up
- Discover cloud storage solutions at Azure Storage Day — April 29
- Save the date: AWS Containers events in May
- 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)