63: The Cloud Pod Stays Home to Enjoy the Fireworks

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63: The Cloud Pod Stays Home to Enjoy the Fireworks

Ryan Lucas (@ryron01) fills in for Peter again as we practice social distancing on this week’s episode of The Cloud Pod.

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.
  • Blue Medora, which offers pioneering IT monitoring integration as a service to address today’s IT challenges by easily connecting system health and performance data —  no matter its source — with the world’s leading monitoring and analytics platforms. 

This week’s highlights

  • 🚨 Details emerged from the ongoing legal battle surrounding the JEDI contract.
  • 🚨 Amazon shows off its new operating system.
  • 🚨 Powershell 7.0 brings long-awaited features to Windows.

General News

❌ Due to the ongoing global pandemic, AWS Summits have been (responsibly) cancelled in Sydney, Singapore, Mumbai, Paris, San Francisco and Brussels. Hopefully we’ll see these events move online.

👩‍⚖️ Court documents from Amazon’s injunction have been unsealed. The documents reveal that Microsoft’s bid included “non-compliant storage” which was not counted against them. The Department of Defense responded that Amazon’s bid did not include technically compliant storage either.

📰 Our very own Justin Brodley made the news! His comments are included in an article covering a cloud alternatives panel discussion at Altitude 2020. 

🗂️ VMware Inc. overhauled its portfolio of products to focus on Kubernetes support. Expect to see the whole host of products available by May 2020.


⏰ The new CloudWatch composite alarms will allow you to combine alarms and get a clearer picture of what is happening when something goes wrong.

🔊 You can now host your applications with the AWS Amplify Console via S3 and CloudFront. If you checked out Amplify last year, it’s changed a lot since then so it might be worth another look.

🗃️ AWS Serverless Application Repository now allows you to share applications with Organizations. Anything you can manage at an organizational level is a huge benefit.

💸 If you’re looking to build your resumé, AWS Certified is offering the new “Database – Specialty” certification. A practice exam costs $40 and the specialty exam at testing centers worldwide costs $300. 

🆕 Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service has updated to support Kubernetes version 1.15, just in time for Kubernetes version 1.16 to make it outdated in a few weeks.

🎆 Amazon announced the public preview of the new Bottlerocket operating system. The OS is open-sourced, Linux-based and purpose-built to run containers.


📱 Google Cloud announced its strategy to support the telecommunications industry in three areas: 5G monetization, data-driven experiences and operational efficiency. With AWS and Google partnering with telecommunication companies, will we see Azure or Oracle follow suit?

🌏 Google announced it will launch new cloud regions in Deli, Doha, Melbourne and Toronto. Google has emphasized that they are committed to building their datacenters sustainably.

📷 Compute Engine now features the machine images resource, which streamlines instance creation by capturing all the information you need during image creation. If you spend a lot of time creating custom images in Google Cloud, this may be a great time-saver for you.


📝 Azure announced that Backup Explorer will now feature a preview of Backup Reports, allowing you to analyze your backup solutions. Nobody likes paying attention to backups, so the ability to take a quicker look is welcome. But the day when we won’t have to manage our backups at all can’t come soon enough! 

🐢 Powershell 7.0 is now generally available, finally implementing features other languages have had for decades. 

Lightning Round

⚡ No score this week while Peter’s away, but tune in for another edition of hand-crafted cloud computing industry humor! Stay healthy out there.

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1 comment on “63: The Cloud Pod Stays Home to Enjoy the Fireworks
  1. Hayley B. says:

    I was waiting to see what you guys did for this week’s episode after everything Covid-19 going on. Glad you guys still put a great show together. Looking forward to hearing your feedback on Amazon Chime….LOL

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