On The Cloud Pod this week, the team looks back on the incredibly weird year that was 2020 and how all we want is to give each other a hug (but we don’t because social distancing is important).
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
- 🚨 Amazon hurts Google’s feelings with its harshly worded message.
- 🚨 Google is tapping into its inner dictator by vying for world domination.
- 🚨 Azure wants you to know it made something cheaper.
Recapping the Shit Year That Was 2020
The Predictions That Were Made for 2020
- Justin: Amazon and Microsoft will work hard to compete with GKE.
- Peter: Kubernetes workloads will double in the next year.
- Jonathan: Amazon will open data centers across growing African economies, RISC-V based RISC instances will release (and Slack will be acquired this year for sure).
- No One: A global pandemic and Ryan would join the podcast (coincidence?).
Favorite Announcements of 2020
- AWS Serverless host and run applications, bringing it closer to what developers need. Tooling, savings plan
- Covid-19 response, from each vendor, from public data lakes, responding to capacity needs, database of research and overall support of WFH
- A big shift for Container Ecosystems, Split from enterprise/developer, Docker.com on downward trend, download limits
- Google’s creation of the Open Usage Commons for trademarks
- Amazon Braket
- WFH trend — which may be permanent
- Solarwinds Hack, and the risk of a supply chain hack occurs
- Confidential Computing and the enclave needs.
- Amazon added the ability to assign IAM permissions when called via another service (like Cloudformation)
- Bottle Rocket OS
- Big Query turned 10, BigQuery Omni
- BabelFish TSQL to PostgreSQL translator
- Multi Cloud — via containers (Cloud run, Lambda, etc.)
- Mac Instances
- Cloudfront change propagation speed up
Predictions for 2021
- Jonathan: Braket and other quantum technology will become mainstream and start breaking TLS.
- Peter: The biggest blocker to cloud adoption will be costs, with individuals spending too much and debt of poor cloud migrations.
- Justin: Verticalization of the cloud Fintech, Health, Retail, etc.
- Ryan: WFH will be a permanent trend, further breaking traditional security.
Amazon Web Services: Eff You, Google
- 🍎 AWS launches Amazon Location to add maps and location awareness to your applications. Looks cheaper than Google Maps but still need to check.
- 🤗 AWS Load Balancer Controller version 2.1 is now available with support for additional Elastic Load Balancing configurations. Happy to see this!
- 🤗 AWS now supports Domain Name System Security Extensions for Route 53. A huge oversight that has been missing for years, so this is great!
Google Cloud Platform: Going For World Domination
- 🥨 Google announces more new regions for 2021. This is big — they’re the first cloud provider with multiple data centers in Germany.
- 🎈 Google introduces a new dashboard creation experience in Cloud Monitoring. Yay!
- 👑 Google launches a single command to build and deploy your code to Cloud Run. Brought to you by the Department of First World Problems.
- 💲 Google releases Dataproc Metastore to simplify technical metadata management. You would think it would have priced based on a scaling model.
- 😀 Google listened and has announced more Cloud Spanner productivity features. How nice!
Azure: Just Cheap
- 🤑 Azure shares five ways to save costs by running .NET apps on Azure. It’s very focused on cost visibility.
TCP Lightning Round
⚡ Justin takes out the competition with this week’s point, leaving scores at Justin (17.5 points), Jonathan (10 points), Ryan (9.5 points) and Jacques (one point).
Other headlines mentioned:
- Five more free services now available in the Azure free account
- AWS Database Migration Service now supports Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) as a source
- AWS CodeBuild is now available in the Africa (Cape Town) Region
- AWS DeepComposer launches new learning capsule that dives deep into Transformer models
- Amazon Chime now supports joining meetings from Echo Show 8
- AWS Config launches ability to save advanced queries
- Use AWS Secrets Manager to rotate your AWS Data Migration Service source and target database credentials
- AWS OpsHub for AWS Snow Family is now available for Linux
- AWS Artifact makes compliance documents easy to download and share