142: The Cloud Pod spends the Weekend at the Google Data Lakehouse

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142: The Cloud Pod spends the Weekend at the Google Data Lakehouse
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On The Cloud Pod this week, the team wishes for time-traveling data. Also, GCP announces Data Lakehouse, Azure hosts Ignite 2021, and Microsoft is out for the metaverse. 

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.
  • JumpCloud, which offers a complete platform for identity, access, and device management — no matter where your users and devices are located. 

This week’s highlights

  • 🚨 GCP releases its data lakehouse, a new architecture that offers low-cost storage in an open format. The real question is, can we book it on Airbnb?
  • 🚨 Microsoft kicks off Azure Ignite 2021, announcing new capabilities for its hybrid, multicloud and edge computing platforms. 
  • 🚨 Microsoft also unveils plans for its own metaverse, including upgrades to Teams, Dynamic 365 Connected Spaces and more. 

Top Quotes  

  • 💡 “I’m a big fan of IDE for coding and that integrated environment to reduce context shifting, but when you’re talking about access to data, Jupyter is something that’s hosted, that you can protect and grant access to, versus an IDE like RStudio. It becomes a much trickier scenario to maintain any kind of data sovereignty, or protect that in any way, just because, by its true nature, you have to open it up.”
  • 💡 “Between the Facebook Metaverse and Microsoft, who’s going to win the race? Everyone wants to build “Ready Player One.” And Facebook owns Oculus and they have all my data, then they can get my brain as well: They can just monetize the crap out of my profile. And then Microsoft  has their augmented reality things… . But I think the power of the Azure cloud actually gives them the advantage versus Facebook, in my opinion. “

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GCP:  Enjoy Your Stay at the Google Data Lakehouse 

  • ⭐ With the highest marks possible, Forrester names Google AppSheet a leader in low-code platforms for business developers in Q4 2021. Gold star for you, Google — we mean, Alphabet.
  • 🤝 Django ORM can now fully support Cloud Spanner. This third-party database is a powerful component of the Django web framework and can now be powered by the Python Cloud Spanner library. 
  • 🏡 GCP’s data lakehouse is open for visitors! Combining the benefits of data warehouses and data lakes, GCP has released a new data framework for low-cost storage in an open format. It’s accessible by a variety of processing engines, while also providing powerful management and optimization features. 
  • 🐶 Now in preview, Google Cloud Spot VMs allow users to improve total cost ownership with discounts of up to 91%, plus increase automation and integrate seamlessly with simple one-line changes. Unlike preemptible VMs, GCP Spot VMs have no time limit, and can be terminated anytime within 30 seconds — hence the giant discount. 
  • 🖱️ Google makes Cloud Domains generally available, allowing all users to easily register and manage their domains in a single click.

Azure: Watch Out Facebook: Microsoft Talks Metaverse at Ignite 2021 

  • 🔥 Good news! You can now overpay for Azure Firewall Premium in more regions. This update also comes with Terraform support, web category check (available in preview), and more.  
  • 🔑 In an effort to close the cybersecurity skills gap in the U.S., Microsoft is creating a national community college curriculum to grow the number of cybersecurity professionals to 250,000 by 2025. This is part of Azure’s $20 billion commitment over five years to improve security solutions.
  • 🪵 Logz.io is now generally available. With Logz.io, users can seamlessly provision accounts and configure Azure resources to send logs from Azure Portal. So basically, it’s Elasticsearch. 
  • 💽 Azure announces general availability of Ephemeral OS disks for VM support, with additional VM sizes. With this feature, users can create ephemeral OS disks for their VMs that don’t have the cache or have insufficient cache. 
  • 📊 With the now generally available Azure Data Explorer Insights, you can get comprehensive monitoring of your Azure Data Explorer Clusters, along with a unified view of performance, cache, ingestions and usage. 
  • 💥 At Ignite, Azure announces major upgrades across its hybrid, multicloud and edge computing platforms. These upgrades include new cloud capabilities, data features, and the SQL Server 2022 (in gated preview), which will be “the most flexible, scalable, and cloud-connected SQL Server release yet.”
  • 🌐 Microsoft is after the metaverse. At Ignite 2021, Microsoft announced its plans for a hybrid metaverse, powered by Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces (now in preview) and Mesh for MS teams. Additional applications like the Azure OpenAI Service, MS Loop, MS Customer Experience and Context IQ will help build and guide the metaverse journey. 

TCP Lightning Round

⚡ Ryan scores the point in this lightning round, due to his enthusiasm for Amazon EC2 spot placement. This leaves the points at Justin (16), Ryan (12), Jonathan (12), Peter (1). . 

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