107: The Cloud Meshes with Microsoft

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107: The Cloud Meshes with Microsoft
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On The Cloud Pod this week, Peter is spending the next 12 hours in a rejuvenation chamber like a regular villain straight out of a James Bond film.   

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 Web Services: Battle Bots

  • 😞 Amazon announces Alexa Conversations is now generally available for voice app development. We’re still a bit disappointed in her voice — it would be nice to hear something a bit more natural.   
  • 🍬 Amazon launches computer vision service to detect defects in manufactured products. Soon we’ll just be sitting around eating bon bons — we can’t wait!
  • 🎎 AWS Asia Pacific (Osaka) region now open to all, with three availability zones and more services. We think this is a reaction to the huge cloud growth in Japan. 
  • 🏅 AWS DeepRacer League’s 2021 season launches with new Open and Pro divisions. Apparently it’s gone virtual and is being dominated by experts.

Google Cloud Platform: A Bit Jealous

Azure: Killing It

Azure Ignite: Don’t Get Excited

  • 😐 Innovate across hybrid and multi cloud with new Azure Arc capabilities. Bit of an anti-climax. 
  • 👜 Azure releases several new capabilities for Azure Data and AI. A mixed bag of capabilities.
  • 🧐 Introducing Azure Percept, an easy-to-use platform for creating responsible edge AI solutions. But it still requires a human… so manage your expectations.  
  • 💩 Satya Nadella shares the five attributes that will drive the next generation of cloud innovation. Do not watch it! Jonathan has a peg on his nose so he doesn’t have to smell the bullshit.
  • 😺 Introducing Microsoft Mesh, a new mixed-reality platform powered by Azure. Actually kind of cool.  

TCP Lightning Round

⚡Saved from watching Satya Nadella’s keynote meant Jonathan hadn’t been bored to death and takes this week’s point, leaving scores at Justin (3), Ryan (1), Jonathan (4). 

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