Episode 84: We knew Ian was a hero before AWS

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Episode 84: We knew Ian was a hero before AWS
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Your hosts kick off this week’s episode of The Cloud Pod by discussing the elephant in the room… the great Google outage.

A big thanks to this week’s sponsors:

  •     Commvault is data-management done differently. It allows you to translate your virtual workloads to a cloud provider automatically, greatly simplifying the move to the cloud or your disaster recovery solution to the cloud.
  •     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

General: The Great Google Outage

  • 🤷 Google explained how and why big chunks of its cloud crashed last week — turns out it broke itself. Google didn’t tell us who broke it because developers shouldn’t be publicly shamed… although they did break Google. That’s pretty bad.

Amazon Web Services: Dollar Bills

  • 👍 Amazon introduced the newest AWS Heroes who go above and beyond to share AWS knowledge and teach others. It’s great to see friend of the show, Ian McKay, recognized for his awesomeness.         
  • 👮 AWS Firewall Manager now supports security groups on Application Load Balancers and Classic Load Balancers. Slowly but surely, it’s becoming the tool we’ve always wanted.    
  • 🖇️ Amazon launches new  API Gateway to manage business rules around how data is created, stored and changed in AWS services. We think this is a complete rewrite due to the fact they’re having to reimplement integrations.
  • 🏗️ AWS Controllers for Kubernetes is a new tool that makes it simple to build scalable and highly-available Kubernetes applications. We’re pretty impressed by the controller which centralizes your deployment.
  • 🕺 AWS releases the latest update to Provisioned Input/output Operations Per Second (IOPS) allowing users to dial in the level of performance that they need. Amazon now gives you the opportunity to give them more money. How nice!    

Google Cloud Platform: To Be or Not To Be

  • 🔨 Google announces a number of improvements to log storage and management for Cloud Logging. We feel mixed emotions regarding these improvements.
  •  🚀 Google launches new Dataflow Flex template capable of publishing unlimited high-volume JSON messages to a Google Cloud Pub/Sub topic. This addresses a huge pain point with customers!  
  • 👀 New GKE Dataplane V2 increases security and visibility for containers and enables context-aware operations. We’ll wait and see what people come out with before settling on an opinion.
  • 🤝 Google commits to providing options for running workloads in the cloud with new CPU overcommit. Great to see this function back!
  • 👶 New additions to Google’s app development and delivery platform help deliver better quality software to production, faster. Consensus is that we like it and don’t like it. 
  • 🤖 Get to the future faster with Google’s Cloud App Modernization Program to drive application delivery at speed and scale. At least they didn’t call it Google’s Well Architectured Resource.    
  • 🏦 Google helps customers reimagine their application portfolios and drive cost savings with Anthos. Some incredible capabilities have been released, pity a price cut wasn’t one of them.

Azure: Fashionably Late

  • 🌎 Azure customers can establish global redundancy and eliminate downtime within an Azure Content Delivery Network endpoint. Thank you for introducing features everybody else already has, we appreciate it. 
  •  🍎 Azure Advisor adds cost optimization to its best practice recommendations. An easy gap filler, no one is complaining about cost because they include a darn lot of credits.
  • 📦 Making the case for Azure Database for PostgreSQL when storing mission-critical relational data in the cloud. This is the softer, fluffier side of Microsoft coming through, and we love it.  
  • 🌤️ Microsoft and TCMS join forces to give customers a competitive advantage using the cloud for silicon design. Microsoft is apparently pretty jealous of those Gravitron processors over at Amazon.

TCP Lightning Round

  • ⚡Justin snatches this week’s point again, leaving scores at Justin (11 points), Jonathan (seven points) and Ryan (four points). It’s beginning to feel a bit like Groundhog Day.  

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