On The Cloud Pod this week, the team acknowledges the very real issue of canine confusion as a result of everyone wearing face masks.
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This week’s highlights
- 🚨 Amazon is in the Halloween spirit with its tricky new feature.
- 🚨 Google is solving a potentially nonexistent problem for retailers.
- 🚨 Microsoft is sending Azure into spaaaaaaaaaaace to power satellite projects.
General News: All About Hash(iconf)
- 🤔 HashiCorp Consul is now available in public beta while Vault is available in private beta. We’re hesitant to trust anything from HashiCorp.
- 💔 Terraform 0.14 is now available in beta and includes feature improvements in security, visibility and stability. Justin looks forward to the upgrade that breaks everything later this year.
- ❄️ HashiCorp Consul 1.9 introduces new service mesh visualization tools. Pretty minor but cool!
- 😄 HashiCorp launches Boundary for simple and secure remote access based on trusted identity. We see huge potential in this.
- 🗡️ HashiCorp launches Waypoint, a new open source project that provides developers a consistent workflow. These types of announcements are a dagger through Ryan’s heart.
- 📦 HashiCorp introduces Consul Terraform Sync, a new tool for automating network infrastructure. Really powerful but really packed in a way we don’t understand.
Amazon Web Services: Handy
- 👍 Amazon launches Cloudwatch Synthetics Recorder, a Chrome browser extension, to help monitor endpoints and APIs. We hope this does better than others we’ve tried in the past.
- 🗿 Amazon announces better cost-performance for Amazon Relational Database Service databases. Has some rough edges but once you overcome them, this is rock solid.
- 🤗 Amazon Aurora now enables dynamic resizing for database storage space. Nice that you’ll now only pay for the storage you actually use!
- 🙏 Amazon announces AWS Budgets Actions to reduce unintentional overspending. Thank you, Jesus!
- 🤣 AWS announces AWS Budgets is now free. We wonder if the budget action could be to turn off Budget Actions?
- 🎺 Amazon Redshift now supports the ability to query across databases in a redshift cluster. This makes us think there’s something much bigger coming for them not to trumpet this.
- 👷 AWS Lambda now supports AWS private link allowing access to Lambda functions securely. A very handy thing to have.
- 🛡️ Amazon CloudFront announces Origin Shield, a centralized caching layer. The name makes us mad — where is the shield!?
Google Cloud Platform: Kind Of A Big Deal
- 🛒 Google announces more control over when routine maintenance occurs for Cloud SQL. We don’t think this is going to be that big of a deal for retailers this year because of COVID.
- 🙃 Google announces lower pricing for its Cloud Content Delivery Network. Super nice!
- 🍀 GCP has released several new user-friendly SQL capabilities. If you were struggling with BigQuery, then you’re in luck!
- 🤓 Lending Doc AI, now in preview, provides industry-leading data accuracy for documents relevant to lending. This is digitizing a manual process — there’s nothing intelligent about it but still going to be very useful.
Azure: Curiouser and Curiouser
- 📣 Zone Redundancy for Azure Cache for Redis is now in preview. Stay tuned for its next announcement.
- ❓ Microsoft launches Azure Space to power satellite projects. Curious to see what else it will add to this portfolio.
- 😍 Microsoft has designed a Modular Datacenter for customers who need cloud computing capabilities in hybrid or challenging environments. Lots of use cases for this one!
Oracle: We’re Bigger
- 💪 Oracle announces a new service designed to help customers run challenging transaction processing and data analytics. This is just a flex.
TCP Lightning Round
⚡ Ryan steals this week’s point, leaving scores at Justin (15 points), Jonathan (eight points) and Ryan (five points).
Other headlines mentioned:
- Azure Cognitive Services has achieved human parity in image captioning
- New course for Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS)
- AWS IAM Access Analyzer now supports archive rules for existing findings
- Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL supports concurrent major version upgrades of read replicas
- AWS Glue crawlers now support Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) and MongoDB collections
- Fluent Bit connector for Azure Storage to support Azure Data Explorer streaming
- Port forwarding sessions created using Session Manager now support multiple simultaneous connections
- AWS DataSync simplifies initial setup for online data transfers
- AWS Systems Manager Patch Manager now provides a catalog of all patches for Amazon Linux
- Amazon EMR now provides up to 35% lower cost and up to 15% improved performance for Spark workloads on Graviton2-based instances
- AWS Systems Manager now supports free-text search of runbooks
- Amazon Rekognition now detects Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face covers, head covers and hand covers on persons in images