165: The Cloud Pod Angry That Amazon Describes Step Functions as Low Code

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165: The Cloud Pod Angry That Amazon Describes Step Functions as Low Code
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On The Cloud Pod this week, the team discusses wholesome local Oakland toast for breakfast. Plus: Hybrid infrastructure is unsustainable, the AWS Proton template library expands, and Amazon angers the team by describing Step Functions as “low-code.”

A big thanks to this week’s sponsor, 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.

This week’s highlights

  • 🚨 Against the trend of popular opinion, it turns out that hybrid infrastructure is a bad idea in the long term, with a few significant drawbacks.
  • 🚨 The AWS Proton template library just got bigger, so now people can find something else to complain about.
  • 🚨 Amazon annoyingly describes Step Functions as low-code, which is definitely not true.

Top Quotes  

  • 💡 “Proton was only developed as an answer for, how should we deploy onto Amazon? It’s setting yourself up just so someone can armchair-quarterback and poke holes in it. Now they’re saying, well, how would you do this? [Answer:] You have the templates. And then they’re gonna be like, the templates are cool, except it doesn’t meet my pretty edge case, so they’ll complain about that. We’ll see templates for the templates next.”
  • 💡 “I just love the assumption that you could low-code a solution with Step Functions, just because I’ve created many a step function and state machine flow. And all it is is coding and then figuring out why the code isn’t doing what I want — because I’m not passing things correctly between the different functions. The ability for someone who can’t write code to be able to to accomplish anything is a little far fetched.”

General News: Don’t Plan on Hybrid for Long…

AWS: What Is Low-Code, Anyway?

GCP: Something’s Got To Give With BigQuery

Azure: Red Hat and Azure: Friends With Hybrid Benefits

Oracle: The Search Is On

TCP Lightning Round

⚡ The scores remain Justin (5), Jonathan (2), Ryan (1), Peter (1) until the team lets Peter out of the dungeon (maybe next week).

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Things Coming Up:

June 2nd – Startup Summit

June 9th – Applied ML Summit

June 28th – Sustainability Summit

May 23-25th – Washington DC 

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