177: The Cloud Pod Hopes That Amazon Knows the Three Laws of iRobots

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177: The Cloud Pod Hopes That Amazon Knows the Three Laws of iRobots
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On The Cloud Pod this week, the team gets judicial on the Microsoft-Unity partnership. Plus: Amazon acquires iRobot, BigQuery boasts Zero-ETL for Bigtable data, and Serverless SQL for Azure Databricks is in public preview. 

A big thanks to this week’s sponsor, 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

  • 🚨 iRobot signs an agreement with Amazon for its acquisition. To what end remains known to Amazon and Amazon alone.
  • 🚨 Google offers a Zero-ETL approach for Bigtable data analytics using BigQuery.
  • 🚨 Serverless SQL for Azure Databricks is now in public preview.

Top Quotes  

  • 💡 “Almost all of Amazon’s big acquisitions have always been about something indirect. The Whole Foods acquisition was really about the logistics supply chain behind the scenes of moving that around — they kept the brand … and they have the same footprint for stores … but now they have a lot more infrastructure for AmazonFresh. And I suspect for iRobot it’s the same thing.”
  • 💡 “This is super handy for huge datasets where you want to track trends over a long time. It’s always really difficult and you always end up compromising somewhere — by not loading or querying your full dataset, because you can’t get it from A to B, or trying to run the query against two separate data sets and combining the results. So this is a nice thing to have for those users who have data across these multiple places.”

AWS: We, Robots

GCP: It’s A Big World Out There

Azure: Unity is Strength

  • 🤝 Microsoft and Unity buddy up for the sake of digital creators, 3D artists and game developers across the world. Whether it’s all-in on Azure or just a simple partnership is a topic of hot debate.
  • 🕹️ VMware VMs get a modernization boost with Site Recovery, now generally available. See how many times it mentions “experience” in one announcement. 
  • 🧱 If you were skeptical about that one, Serverless SQL for Azure Databricks is now in public preview. They’ll charge you when you use it (because they know you’re always going to use it).
  • 🔮 VM insights with Azure Monitor agent are also in public preview. Hopefully they do this a little better than Amazon did.
  • 3️⃣ As all things come in threes, the third public preview is Azure Dedicated Host support for Ultra SSD. Next in line is Ultra premium, Ultra Premium Ultra, and Ultron discs, before we move to crystal storage or something biological.
  • ✨ Either it’s Gartner Magic Quadrant update season or Azure thinks they have something to brag about, because Microsoft is apparently a leader in Gartner’s 2022 edition.

Oracle: Peter’s Back! Bring Out the Oracle Story

  • 🤝 OCI Code Editor makes developing with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure a whole lot easier. Is this top of the list for all the cloud features you could develop and release? You decide.

TCP Lightning Round

⚡ Ryan edges a touch closer to Justin this week, making the scores: Justin (6), Ryan (4), Jonathan (3), Peter (1).

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