Episode 89: Azure gives The Cloud Pod an advisor score of 100

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Episode 89: Azure gives The Cloud Pod an advisor score of 100
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On The Cloud Pod this week, Ryan is shocked the rest of the team managed so well without him while he was on vacation.

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  •  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.
  • Cloud Academy, which provides an intuitive and scalable training platform to meet teams wherever they are along the cloud maturity curve. Use the code THECLOUDPOD for 50% off its training platform. 

 This week’s highlights

General News: On The Chopping Block

  • 💔 IBM is splitting itself into two public companies to focus on high-margin cloud computing. We’re not sure about this strategy so we’ll keep an eye on this one.
  • 😃 Google will give up direct control of the Knative cloud open-source project. We’re glad to see this is getting closer to a resolution.
  • 👩‍🍳 Business application platform Progress is making job cuts at recently acquired enterprise automation technology company Chef. The cuts included part of the Chef engineering team — when you’re buying a product company, that doesn’t seem like a good play. 

Amazon Web Services: In Happier News

  • 👍 Amazon S3 on Outposts expands object storage to on-premises environments. If only this had existed a year ago!   
  • 🥳 AWS Systems Manager now enables developers to view, author and publish Automation runbooks directly from Visual Studio Code. We like this!
  • 🥂 Amazon launches several new features with Redis 6 compatibility to Amazon ElastiCache for Redis. These enhancements are making it well on its way to being useful on a big project.
  • 💲 Amazon SageMaker leads the way in machine learning and announces up to 18% lower prices on GPU instances. That’s a huge price cut that we think is great!
  • 🚔 Three new security and access control features are now available in the Amazon S3 update. This is a big improvement for customer experience.  
  • 🤓 AWS launches a new Identity and Access Management (IAM) tool called IAMCTL. Ryan is nerding out about this. 
  • 🔥 AWS Compute Optimizer now analyzes additional Amazon Elastic Block Store metrics to generate enhanced Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance type recommendations. A great solution to a problem that has burned us all at some point.  
  • 🤷‍♂️ Preview AWS Lambda with extensions for operational tools for monitoring, observability, security and governance. We thought for sure that PureSec would be on this list.     
  • 💀 Amazon CloudWatch Lambda Insights, now available in preview, to monitor, troubleshoot and optimize the performance of AWS Lambda functions. This is what we wanted AWS X-Ray to do but it never did.   
  • 😺 Manage EC2 Spot limits from the Amazon EC2 console and the Service Quotas console. This is pretty great!
  • 🚒 AWS makes the open-source CloudFormation Guard compliance tool generally available. Good to have a rules-based engine! 

Google Cloud Platform: Missing Parts

  • 🦀 Google launches Healthcare Consent Management API to give healthcare application developers and clinical researchers a simple way to manage health data. A nice appetizer but where’s the rest?  
  • 🏃‍♀️ Google introduces HTTP/gRPC server streaming for Cloud Run, enabling faster server response times for applications. More features for Cloud Run is great but then you get the next announcement…  
  • ❓ Google extends Cloud Functions to build end-to-end solutions for several key use cases. Who is even running Ruby on Rails in production these days?
  • 👨‍🚀 Understand production performance with the new Google Cloud Profiler history view. The application performance measurement space is hard and crowded.  

Azure: They’ve Got The Goods

  • 💉 Optimize Azure workloads with the new Azure Advisor Score. This is a great place to find out what’s broken in your Azure account.  
  • 🍹 New GitHub Actions for Azure enables deployments to multiple Azure services. Drink the GitHub Actions Kool-Aid with us. 
  • 💳 Azure Machine Learning helps customers stay ahead of challenges with new features announced at Microsoft Ignite. To code or not to code?  

TCP Lightning Round

⚡ Justin is back with a bang and takes this week’s point, leaving scores at Justin (14 points), Jonathan (eight points) and Ryan (four points). 

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