Episode 90: The Cloud Pod gets a NanoDegree on podcasting

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Episode 90: The Cloud Pod gets a NanoDegree on podcasting
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On The Cloud Pod this week, Peter turns into an old man in his yard, yelling at 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.
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 This week’s highlights

General News: An Expensive Gimmick

  • 🤡 Microsoft, AWS and others boast of exclusive cloud customers that aren’t actually exclusive to them. At the end of the day, being “all in” is a gimmick. 
  • 💰 Palo Alto Networks, Inc. announced it’s adding four new cloud security modules to Prisma Cloud. All for the low, low price of a lot of money.     
  • ❓ Red Hat, Inc. ties Ansible automation to Kubernetes cluster management to improve automation in cloud-native infrastructure. The only thing that’s going to make Kubernetes easier to manage is a whole bunch of Ansible catalogues and code that you don’t understand.
  • 😡 Spinnaker-as-a-service startup Armory raises $40M in new funding. This makes us all cranky — these giant one-stop solutions are not the answer.  

Amazon Web Services: Strangely Quiet

Google Cloud Platform: Apply Sunscreen

  • 🧯 Google announces that all new GCP products will launch in Preview or General Availability. Tread carefully here — we’ve been burned by previews before where features don’t make it into General Availability.   
  • 😕 Google launches support across Google Cloud for buildpacks to easily create container images. Don’t be fooled: Problems you had with Docker files are still there, you’ll just be further away from understanding them.    
  • 😷 Open access is now available for the Genome Aggregation Database (gnomAD) on Google Cloud. This sort of data aggregation could be phenomenal for medical research. 
  • 😊 Google Cloud is offering no-cost data analytics training. We think this should be free all the time.  

Azure: What Is This, A Degree For Ants

TCP Lightning Round

⚡ Justin takes the cake and this week’s point, leaving scores at Justin (15 points), Jonathan (eight points) and Ryan (four points). 

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