Episode 98: AWS tries the JEDI mind trick again

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Episode 98: AWS tries the JEDI mind trick again
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In its final week, re:Invent continues to deliver a slew of announcements, which are captured on The Cloud Pod this week. It came and went quickly for the team unlike Google Cloud Next, which seemed to go on forever.

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.
  • Open Raven, the cloud native data protection platform that automates policy monitoring and enforcement. Auto discover, classify, monitor and protect your sensitive data.

This week’s highlights

General News: Everyone’s Favorite Topic

  • 🍑 A heavily redacted version of AWS’s latest protest against Microsoft and the JEDI contract has been unsealed. Trump made them do it.
  • 🤗 U.S. Treasury and Commerce Department communications were reportedly compromised by a supply chain attack on security vendor SolarWinds. Go hug a security team this week. 

Amazon Web Services: The Presents Keep On Coming

re:Invent Continued

  • 🏆 AWS launches the VPC Reachability Analyzer to measure reachability between two endpoints without sending any packets. Anything that makes life easier is a win. 
  • 🤓 The re:Invent infrastructure keynote lacked announcements but gives insight into how AWS thinks about data centers. Old school infrastructure nerds, take note of this one.
  • 🤩 AWS announces the general availability of Amazon EMR on Elastic Kubernetes Service. EMR fans will be super happy about this. 
  • 😲 AWS has released an Infrastructure Code Template generator to make it easy to start using Spot Instances. You can go straight to production now, no testing! Just kidding… Please test. 
  • 👍 Amazon EBS reduces the minimum volume size of Throughput Optimized HDD and Cold HDD Volumes by 75%. This is kind of nice!
  • 👻 Amazon EC2 announces new network performance metrics for EC2 instances. Troubleshooting these is a nightmare, so this will be great.
  • 👼 AWS has expanded the capability of the AWS transit Gateway for SD wan with the new AWS Transit Gateway Connect. Thank you, Jesus!!
  • 😃 Amazon EMR Studio makes it easier for data scientists to build and deploy code. We’re glad to see this one.  


More re:Invent News

Google Cloud Platform: Beware

  • 🤷 Google is releasing minimum instances for Cloud Run, its managed serverless compute platform. We tried to figure out the cost but the calculator hadn’t been updated.
  • 💲 Google Cloud (over)Run: How a free trial experiment ended with a $72,000 bill overnight. A great cautionary tale.
  • 🔧 Automatically right-size Spanner instances with the new Google Autoscaler. Why is this not a feature of Spanner?
  • 🍪 In the spirit of the holidays, Google is using its AI technology to bake the perfect cookies. Yum!  

Azure: They All Must Be Working On JEDI

TCP Lightning Round

⚡ Ryan is nipping at Jonathan’s heels and has taken this week’s point, leaving scores at Justin (16.5 points), Jonathan (10 points), Ryan (nine and half points) and Jacques (one point). 

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