This week on The Cloud Pod, Justin is away so the rest of the team has taken the opportunity to throw him under the bus.
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
- 🚨 The Pentagon has had enough of the kids fighting so no one gets the toy.
- 🚨 Amazon has given developers the happy ending they’ve always wanted.
- 🚨 Google is playing with fire and hopes no one gets burnt.
JEDI: Play Nice
- 🚸 Pentagon officials are considering pulling the plug on the star-crossed JEDI cloud-computing project. Reminds us of when we were kids and our parents took toys away when we couldn’t play nice together.
Amazon Web Services: We’ve Made All the Money
- 💯 AWS announces a price reduction for Amazon Managed Service for Prometheus. That’s an awful lot of samples.
- 🙏 Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) announces pricing change for VPC Peering. Just get rid of the ridiculous data transfer fees!
- 🤩 AWS Organizations launches a new console experience. We’re excited to try this out!
- 👍 AWS announces IAM Access Control for Apache Kafka on Amazon MSK. This is great.
- 😐 AWS Systems Manager now includes Incident Manager to resolve IT incidents faster. This might initially fall short of some of the other offerings on the market.
- 😆 AWS Local Zones are now open in Boston, Miami and Houston. They’re continuing on the Oracle model of racks in random garages.
- 🎈 Amazon now lets you create Microsoft SQL Server Instances of Amazon RDS on AWS Outposts. A big hooray for people using Outposts.
Google Cloud Platform: Smells A Bit
- 😬 Google announces Agent Assist for Chat is now in Preview. Hopefully this is better than predictive text, which is often highly inappropriate.
- 👃 Google releases a handy new Google Cloud, AWS and Azure product map. This press release has an Oracle smell about it.
- 👏 Browse and query Google Cloud Spanner databases from Visual Studio Code. We can see this being welcomed by developers.
Azure: So Pretty
- 🤣 Azure releases a new logo. We think it kind of looks like a Google icon.
- 🤗 Multiple new features for Azure VPN Gateway are now generally available. Really great features!
- 🤷 Enabling Azure Site Recovery while creating Azure Virtual Machines is now generally available. Something about this feels clunky.
- 🤨 The next installment of the low code development series is now available. Spoiler alert: it’s not that riveting.
TCP Lightning Round
⚡ Ryan blatantly stole Justin’s jokes but still takes this week’s point, leaving scores at Justin (7), Ryan (4), Jonathan (7).
Other headlines mentioned:
- Amazon QuickSight Launches Threshold Alerts
- Amazon DevOps Guru now generally available with additional capabilities
- Amazon Pinpoint Announces Journey Pause and Resume
- Azure Backup: Operational backup for Azure Blobs is now generally available
- Append blob support in Azure Data Lake Storage is now generally available
- Amazon SageMaker Automatic Model Tuning now supports up to 10x faster tuning and enables exploring up to 20X more models
- Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics supports cron expression for scheduling
- Amazon CloudFront announces price cuts in India and Asia Pacific regions
- Amazon Elasticsearch Service now offers AWS Graviton2 (M6g, C6g, R6g, and R6gd) instances3
- Amazon Athena drivers now support Azure AD and PingFederate authentication
- Migration Evaluator announces a faster way to project AWS cloud costs with Quick Insights
- Amazon EKS managed node groups adds support for Kubernetes node taints
Things Coming Up
- Announcing Google Cloud 2021 Summits [frequently updated]
- Save the date: AWS Containers events in May
- AWS Regional Summits — May 10–19
- 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)