EP 70: The Cloud Pod is now fully ‘Synthetic’

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EP 70: The Cloud Pod is now fully ‘Synthetic’

The Three Musketeers have gained their D’Artagnan and take on the world (metaphorically and from home) on this week’s episode of The Cloud Pod.

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

  • 🚨 Take a break with us and enjoy a music video.
  • 🚨 Oracle managed a whole two headlines this week!
  • 🚨 Jonathan called it: AWS opens the Africa (Cape Town) Region.

General News: Chime After Chime

    • 🎵 Tim Leehane and Spencer Johnson released a working-from-home anthem titled Chime After Chime we just had to share with you.

  • 💰 Security company Rapid7 will acquire SaaS platform DivvyCloud for $145 million.


  • 🔮 Zoom picked the dark horse of cloud platforms Oracle for their next upscaling deal. Zoom is moving around 93 years of video through Oracle servers every day.
  • ❓ AMD revealed an anonymous customer (probably Oracle or Microsoft) deployed 10,000 new Epyc servers in just 10 days.

 AWS: Summit Predictions

  • Jonathan
    1. Improved DLP Tools for S3
    2. AI Powered submarine to explore the depths of the ocean
    3. ES service will pivot to Open Distro for ElasticSearch
  • Ryan
    1. Docker Exec based Debugging tools/capability
    2. Remote Debug capabilities for Lambda Functions
    3. Security Code Scanning service (similar to code guru). (static and dynamic code analysis)
  • Peter
    1. Direct Competitor to Anthos
    2. DLP for VPC, always wanted a layer 7 like proxy. Filtering/Domain Whitelisting
    3. A caricature of larry ellison will appear on the screen in the slides
  • Justin
    1. Price Cut in EC2, S3 or Networking
    2. Covid Crazy Growth Numbers (service dig on Azure)
    3. A Diplo T-shirt will be worn by Werner Vogel

Honorable Mentions: 

  • Amazon Crucible their first person shooter game, online multiplayer game
  • Dr. Matt Wood will make a passionate attempt for people to love sagemaker
  • 6 foot distancing robots
  • Keyspaces will be on the HIPAA BAA list 
  • Detective Named/Sherlock named security tool
  • In person events for 2020 will be canceled
  • New Region coming in a few years.  

Tie BreakerHow many new features for year, will AWS say they:

  • 70 – Justin
  • 200 – Peter
  • 150 – Ryan
  • 157 – Jonathan

AWS: Global Reach, Mediocre Branding

  • 📛 The butt of TCP jokes at Re:Invent — Amazon Managed Apache Cassandra Services — has rebranded to Amazon Keyspaces (for Apache Cassandra) and became generally available.
  • 🙏 AWS Transfer for Secure File Transfer Protocol now supports File Transfer Protocol and File Transfer Protocol over SSL/TLS. Please, please don’t use File Transfer Protocol if you’re transferring data of any sensitivity.
  • 📗 AWS published their guide to CloudWatch Synthetics in a blog post. In fact, we set it up for The Cloud Pod and it’s running cleanly.
  • #️ Amazon AppFlow promises to automate the data flows between AWS services and SaaS apps. This might actually be a good piece to build onto #NoCode.
  • 💬 AWS Chatbot is now generally available for anyone to use for ChatOps. They’ve added quite a bit since we last saw this at Re:Invent.
  • 🌍 You can cross it off your predictions bingo card: AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region and AWS Europe (Milan) Region are open for business.
  • 💸 Those of you carefully budgeting your cloud spends may be interested to know that cost controls are now available for Amazon Redshift Spectrum and Concurrency Scaling.
  • 🗼 AWS Control Tower will allow you to create and manage multi-account environments. That fixes an entire half of the problem!
  • 🦸 AWS Glue promises to manage streaming data automatically. Break out the acetone because this is Super Glue now.


  • 🆓 Anthos support for Multi-cloud is now generally available. All the boundless freedom of locking into Anthos!
  • 🔄 Migrate for Anthos has been updated with enhanced Virtual-Machine-to-container conversion capabilities. It’s a big deal assuming it actually works.
  • ❔ Thomas Kurian stated that Istio will be donated to “a foundation,” but did not specify what foundation or when. Expect Istio to go to the WWF sometime in 2040?
  • 🛡️ Shielded Virtual Machines are now the default for Google Compute Engine. It’s just common sense to employ robust default security settings.
  • 💳 Rumor has it that Google is looking to purchase Kubernetes startup D2iQ. Neither company will comment, but this appears to us to be a talent hire.

Azure: A Strong Third Place

  • 💲Query Acceleration for Azure Data Lake Storage promises yet another way to increase the efficiency of your spend.
  • 🏥 Microsoft admitted the ongoing global pandemic led to capacity constraints in some Azure regions. We anticipate a mixed response to Microsoft’s decision making…but we appreciate the transparency.
  • 📛 If you didn’t think there were enough cloud service brand names to keep track of, then there’s good news for you: Visual Studio Online has rebranded to Visual Studio Codespaces.
  • 🤷 Microsoft is now a Kubernetes Certified Service Provider. Not much of a feat for a company of Microsoft’s size.
  • 🥉 Azure Kubernetes Service support for Windows Containers is now generally available. Somehow Microsoft is the third of the big three to support Windows containers.
  • 🛏️ Strange bedfellows Azure and Red Hat will jointly manage new OpenShift services, and you can thank IBM.

Oracle: Wait, Oracle?!

  • 📉 Microsoft hiked up the Windows Server licenses and Oracle is passing those losses on to you.

Lightning Round

  • ⚡ Somehow Ryan makes his debut with an unprecedented negative one point by the end of this week’s lightning round. Better luck next time?

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2 comments on “EP 70: The Cloud Pod is now fully ‘Synthetic’
  1. Shlomo Dubrowin says:

    Didn’t you guys mention linking to an XKCD?

    1. Justin says:

      You know we did but I think our show notes team missed adding it in.


      Will correct the main show notes a little later! Thanks for reminding us.

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