122: Welcome to Crash Consistency Week

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On The Cloud Pod this week, Matthew Kohn joins the team as a substitute for Jonathan and Peter, who have gone AWOL. Also, Google demonstrates again why its network is superior to the other cloud providers.        

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

  • 🚨 AWS now allows crash-consistent AMIs without requiring a reboot. No more manual processes needed. 
  • 🚨 Google is building a subsea cable named Firmina. The cable, to be comprised of 12 fiber pairs, will carry traffic quickly and securely between North and South America.
  • 🚨 Oracle announces improvements to its block volumes. Its Ultra-High-Performance (UHP) block volume comes with up to 300,000 IOPS and 2,680 MB/s throughput per volume and is generally available across all OCI commercial regions and on all interfaces. 

General News: Not Dead Yet

  • 💀 Hashicorp Vagrant 3.0 will maintain its Ruby-based features while being ported to Go. We thought this was on a path to death but apparently not.   

Amazon Web Services: Proceed With Caution

  • 👏 AWS announces a new region in Tel Aviv, Israel. AWS clearly realized it was behind the other cloud providers on building new regions. 
  • 😎 Amazon launches AWS Proton in general availability. There are some super cool improvements that have been done to this.
  • ✔️ Amazon EC2 now allows you to create crash-consistent Amazon Machine Images (AMIs). This is one of our EC2 wish list items — it’s great to tick it off the list.
  • 🤗 AWS announces per second billing for EC2 Windows Server and SQL Server Instances. It’s nice to only be billed for what you actually use.  
  • 🎉 AWS removes NAT Gateway’s dependence on Internet Gateway for private communications. This has been a big annoyance for a while so nice to see it sorted!

Google Cloud Platform: Just Figure It Out

  • 🤷‍♀️ Google is announcing the general availability of Ubuntu Pro images on Google Cloud. Doesn’t make a lot of sense to embrace open source by purchasing an enterprise product.
  • 👍 PLAID guest posts on the GCP blog talking about using Anthos Clusters on AWS. This is a really interesting blog post.  
  • ☁️ Google is announcing a new model for multi-project cloud monitoring. We don’t understand this one.  
  • 🌊 Google announces Firmina, an open subsea cable it’s building from the East Coast to Argentina. This is why its network is superior to others.      

Azure: Will Make Your Head Explode

Oracle: Give Us Your Soul   

  • 😂 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has a new Ultra-High-Performance (UHP) block volume. Of course it came up with this — Oracle needs it to support its own product. 
  • 😑 Oracle announces Java Management Service (JMS) is now generally available. This just seems like a great way for Oracle to audit you and bill you more.   

TCP Lightning Round

⚡ In his absence, Peter takes this week’s point but the team won’t tell him why just to confuse him, leaving scores at Justin (10), Ryan (5), Jonathan (7), Peter (1). 

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