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The Cloud Pod is your one-stop-shop for all things Public, Hybrid, Multi-cloud, and private cloud. Cloud providers continue to accelerate with new features, capabilities, and changes to their APIs. Let Justin, Jonathan, Ryan and Peter help navigate you through this changing cloud landscape via our weekly podcast.

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The Cloud Pod Confidential

The Cloud Pod Confidential — Episode 79 Your hosts kick off the nine weeks of Google Next on this week’s episode of The Cloud Pod. 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 We kicked off this year’s Google Next by crowning our draft picks winner! Friend of the show Ian Mckay wrote a tool to automate your auto-remediation. Azure is here too. (We just wanted them to feel included this week.) Google: What’s Next? The Google Cloud Next keynote address was this week, and Jonathan has taken the win for our draft picks by predicting new collaborations and productivity tools in Google Meet. Congratulations, Jonathan! Google launched the Open Usage Commons framework to support Open Source development. Google has donated the ISTIO trademark to the Commons, upsetting IBM. AutoML Tables has received several user-friendliness features, including explanations for online predictions. (Not that any of us use AutoML.) Google is releasing Network Endpoint Groups, which is a collection of network endpoints to use as backends for some load balancers. This is what you need to have if your hybrid cloud isn’t going to be just a transition. The new Active Assist portfolio of tools promises to help you reduce the complexity of your cloud operations. Moving around the complexity, how very… Oracle of you. Assured Workloads for Government, now in private beta, promises to help government customers, suppliers and contractors meet the security and compliance standards of federal agencies. The compliant-but-not-isolated model can be expected to bleed out into non-governmental workloads. BigQuery Omni will allow you to access and analyze data across your multi-cloud environment. It’s a solution to the data gravity problem, but keep in mind it’s still an onramp to GCP. The Confidential Virtual Machines product, now in beta, is the first tool in the Confidential Computing portfolio. Apparently this is revolutionary, but we’re only sold on “neat.” The new Customer to Community (C2C) platform is an exclusive community for cloud professionals among Google Cloud customers. We expect invitation emails from all the major cloud providers soon. AWS: Who Remediates the Autoremediator? You can now create Elastic Block Store snapshots from any block storage data. It’s really just an API right now, but there’s bound to be a third-party tool waiting in the wings to take advantage of this. AWS has made the first major updates to the Well-Architected Framework — don’t expect a total overhaul though. Following the release of cdk8s last month, AWS has released the cdk8s+ class library. The jury’s still out on the tool, but we’re in agreement that the naming is awful. You can now use AWS Organizations to manage content policies for the CodeGuru Profiler, Comprehend, Lex, Polly, Rekognition, Textract, Transcribe and Translate machine learning services. You made sure to read the entirety of the license agreement, right? Docker and AWS have partnered to bring the Docker Desktop and Docker Compose applications to Amazon Elastic Container Service. They must have been jealous of the Docker attention Azure has been getting. The new AWS Copilot Command Line Interface tool can automatically set up the infrastructure needed to run containerized applications. Think of it like kubectl for ECS. Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service now supports Kubernetes 1.17. Finally, only one major version behind, as it should be. AWS App Mesh now supports virtual gateways for ingress configuration. The key here is that this is an envoy proxy you don’t have to manage. You can now implement automatic drift remediation for AWS CloudFormation using CloudWatch and Lambda. Friend of the show Ian Mckay even wrote a tool to automate the s

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TCP Talks with Aqua Security’s Liz Rice

In this TCP Talks episode, Justin Brodley and Jonathan Baker chat with Liz Rice, VP of open source engineering for Aqua Security, which provides tools to secure cloud-native deployments. Liz describes Aqua’s evolution over the years: From a provider of container security to its acquisition of CloudSploit and its development of open-source security solutions. Most customers are using cloud native software, and Aqua wants to secure those workloads and engage that community. “As a business, we have to be where the discussions are. Having open-source tools that are genuinely useful gives us a good way to participate in that community,” Liz explains. In addition to her role at Aqua Security, she is the chair on the CloudNative Computing Foundation‘s (CNCF) Technical Oversight Committee. During the conversation, Liz gives an overview of how they handle projects. Key Takeaways Open source tools offer an entry point into communities. “As a business, we have to be there — we have to be where the discussions are. And having open source tools and solutions that are genuinely useful gives us a good way of participating in that community,” Liz says of the value of Aqua developing open-source tools. The company’s Starboard toolkit for finding risks in Kubernetes workloads and environments is a recent example. Liz discusses Starboard’s comparative advantage — it integrates existing Kubernetes tools, not just from Aqua but also from third-parties, into the Kubernetes experience. “You can run Trivy through Starboard and your results are right there next to the workload you’re interested in,” she says. Liz discusses CNCF’s role with Kubernetes and beyond. “Google today contributes tons of time, energy, and engineering hours into Kubernetes. If tomorrow they were to decide they were going to walk away, Kubernetes still exists, and it would do so because of the CNCF and its participants,” she explains. Resources Here’s what was mentioned in the episode “Container Security: Fundamental Technology Concepts that Protect Containerized Applications“: Liz Rice’s book. Aqua Security: a company that delivered security solutions for applications. Cloud Native Computing Foundation: CNCF serves as the vendor-neutral home for many of the fastest-growing open-source projects, including Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy. CloudSploit: security scanner for cloud accounts. Trivy: vulnerability scanner for container images. Starboard: makes security information available across the Kubernetes API in a native way. Prometheus: an open-source metrics-based monitoring system. Istio: Google’s open-source independent service mesh allows companies to connect, monitor, and secure microservices. Kubecon + CloudNativeCon EU: Virtual Conference for 2020.

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TCP Talks with Aqua Security’s Liz Rice

Honey, I built an App!

Architect Matt Kohn fills in for Peter on this week’s episode of The Cloud Pod. 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 Ian McKay has cool tools for the new Honeycode service. Amazon shoots for the stars with their new Aerospace and Satellite Solutions business unit. A new family of Virtual Machines boast powerful performance benchmarks. AWS: Business! In! Space! Amazon’s No-Code solution has finally shipped in the form of Amazon Honeycode, fully managed and now in beta. Friend of the show Ian McKay has created Honeycode export and appflow integration projects which add a lot of usability to the service. After a six-month beta period, Amazon CodeGuru is now generally available featuring CodeGuru Reviewer and CodeGuru Profiler. CodeGuru is still sticking to Java support, so if you’re working in another language, you won’t find much here. AWS CodeCommit now supports a limited set of Emoji Reactions to comment on pull requests and commits. The set includes , , , and “ship-it”, though we’d have rather used , , , and . AWS announced a foray into the space sector with the launch of the Aerospace and Satellite Solutions business unit. AWS appointed former director of Space Force Planning Clint Crosier to lead the unit. On the last day of June, AWS launched AWS App2Container to help containerize currently running applications without the need for code changes. Once this applies to applications other than .NET 3.5+ and Java, we expect this to be adopted like hotcakes. On the first of July, AWS announced the Porting Assistant for .NET, a tool to port .NET Framework applications to .NET Core running on Linux. This should clean up the last of the .NET apps in the next, say, 25 years. Amazon Relational Database Service instances are now available on AWS Outposts with mySQL and PostgreSQL support. The management fee can be a bit pricey, but compared to what you’d already be paying for Outpost, you probably won’t even notice. Azure: I Studied the Blade The first release of Docker Desktop’s integration with Microsoft Azure is now complete. Now if only Docker Desktop would stop updating so incessantly. Azure Load Balancer customers can now use the Insights blade using Azure Monitor for Networks. There’s certainly some potential here. Azure now supports automatic image-based upgrades for custom images, integrating with Shared Image Gallery. Google: Making Money Move Google is rewarding steady-state, predictable usage with new committed use discounts for Cloud SQL. Automatic discounts are a lot more marketable than trying to sell someone on a savings plan. Google announced the new Accelerator-Optimized family of virtual machines, based on the NVIDIA Ampere A100 Tensor Core GPU. Let us know if you have a use case for this kind of power. Minecraft? Cryptocurrency mining? Deutsche Bank and Google have partnered to lead the banking industry into a new, cloud-based paradigme. Deutsche Bank recently received a $150 million penalty for a lack of oversight over the accounts of then-registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. So, you know, the go-to trusted leaders in the banking industry. Lightning Round Justin takes this week’s point, leaving the score at Jonathan (six points), Justin (eight points) and Ryan (two points). Thanks to our honorary Peter for judging this week! Other headlines mentioned: Azure Pipelines now supports Linux/ARM64 Durable Functions now supports Python Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) customers can now use their own Prefix Lists to simplify the configuration of security groups and route tables Azure Storage 200 TB block blob size is now in preview Company branding feature is now available on your organization’s Azure AD sign-in page Amazon Connect a

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Honey, I built an App!

Google Next Prediction Show

Google Cloud Next Predictions Your show hosts come to you with their cloudy crystal balls to give us Google Cloud Next Prediction show for Thomas Kurian’s keynote. Justin CloudSQL/Firebase/BigQuery via Anthos More Granularity in Stackdriver reports/analytics around status reports (Thanks /u/casper_man) Cloud endpoint Security Protection (Antivirus, Endpoint DLP, HIDS) Jonathan New Collaborations & Productivity tools Google Meet, New or Improved Price reduction (token for Anthos (Small cut pacify the haters) Thomas Kurian will speak about community governance (Peter) Matt GCP will launch a new region somewhere in the midwest Partnership with a pro-sports league. Will announce their commitment to cloud infrastructure beyond 2023 Ryan Tout their amazing bigquery & ML stuff to help with Covid research A significant price reduction for Anthos drop it by more than 40% or removing 12 month commitment Layer 7 network inspection and egress filtering Honorable Mentions Endpoint Security will run in the hypervisor (Agentless) – Jonathan Tool Similar to Sagemaker Threat Hunting Tools ML/AI chops to Cloud Monitoring Configuration Management Endpoints Major Updates to Docs, Sheets, Slides, Quantum Computers Tie Breaker: Number of Virtual Attendees on the Register? Ryan – 45,000 Matt – 60,000 Jonathan- 85,000 Justin – 100,000

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The Cloud Pod Enjoys a Snowcone

Your hosts see a new cloud on the horizon and anticipate a flood on this week’s episode of The Cloud Pod. 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 HashiCorp enters the ring with HashiCorp Cloud Platform. Microsoft offers free AI classes. Bayer Crop Sciences pushes cluster size to new heights. General News: A Challenger Approaches HashiCorp has launched the HashiCorp Cloud Platform featuring managed Consul as the single initial service. HashiCorp is currently soliciting feedback on the alpha version of HashiCorp Cloud Platform and is planning on releasing Vault next. AWS: Let it Snow The AWS Snow family of devices is now joined by AWS Snowcone, a four-and-a-half pound eight terabyte data storage and transfer device, both the most storage and least weight yet. Don’t lose it though — this little guy runs around $2,000. Aurora Global database now supports write request forwarding for low latency global data reads. This is fantastic news for lazy devs like us. Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling Groups now support the Instance Refresh feature, eliminating the need for custom scripts and systems. This is a long-anticipated feature for TCP. We can’t believe it’s taken until 2020! The new Lambda Powertools library within the Serverless Lens for the Well Architected Framework features Tracer, Logger and Metrics as its three core utilities. Using these tools to get yourself set up will save you a lot of strife down the line. Azure: An ‘Udacious’ Plan Azure and Udacity are partnering to launch a scholarship program and the free Azure Machine Learning course to address the growing demand for AI specialists. We’ve had good experiences with Udacity so this offering appeals directly to us. Azure is catering to users new to ARM templates with new features including a template Quickstart gallery and Azure Resource Manager Tools in Visual Studio Code. How did we ever get by without this? Google: Seeds and Nodes Google rolled out Transport Layer Security 1.3 featuring updated ciphers and low handshake latency as the new default for Cloud CDN and Global Load Balancing customers. Of course, you’ll still have to be ready to work with 1.0 since some people just won’t upgrade from their 2001 edition of Internet Explorer. The Apigee adapter for Envoy is now in beta. If you’re not a fan, you can still use Kong as the last remaining standalone API company. Google’s Cloud Monitoring service now features the Cloud Pub/Sub channel in beta. If an error is fixed before you learn of it, did it even really happen? In a blog post this week, Rob Long and Maciek Różacki detailed how Bayer Crop Sciences uses Google Kubernetes Engine clusters to perform complex genetic analysis on developing crop strains. These guys put 15,000 nodes in a cluster — it’s absolutely buckwild. Google has opened a new cloud region in the (sinking) city of Jakarta. Of course, Google may kill the product well before the water rises. Lightning Round Jonathan takes this week’s point, leaving the score at Jonathan (six points), Justin (seven points) and Ryan (two points). It’s still neck-and-neck! Other headlines mentioned: Amazon SES can now send notifications when the delivery of an email is delayed Amazon Lex announces built-in search intent to enable Amazon Kendra integration AWS DataSync can now transfer data to and from AWS Snowcone Azure Storage account failover is now generally available AWS DeepComposer announces the launch of Chartbusters, a monthly challenge for developers to showcase their machine learning skills Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) adds $regex indexing and support for null characters in strings Announcing extended term reservation for the Azure HBv2 Virtual Machine Azure Cosmos DB transport layer

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The Cloud Pod Enjoys a Snowcone

IBM Blames Cloud Pod for Outages

Your hosts (minus Jonathan) talk outages and instances on this week’s episode of The Cloud Pod. 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 Mark Russinovich (twitter: @markrussinovich) published a guide on scaling-up during the pandemic. Sagemaker Ground Truth lets robots see in 3D. Check out our interview with Spot CEO Amiram Schachar. General News: Not Our Fault IBM assigned the cause of a several-hour global outage on June 10 to an unnamed third party. We can expect a full formal report from IBM soon. Data warehouse specialist company Snowflake is rumored to be filing for initial public offering at $20 billion, 1,333% of its valuation just two and a half years ago. It’s just a matter of time until Amazon Redshift makes a move to break into Snowflake’s space. COVID-19 Chief Technical Officer at Azure Mark Russinovich detailed how Azure scales Microsoft Teams during the pandemic in what appears to be a face-saving measure after Azure’s recent capacity issues. It’s a weighty article — we recommend checking this one out for yourself if you’re encountering any scaling issues of your own. AWS: The Third Dimension is Data AWS CodeArtifact, a managed artifact repository service, is now generally available. Everyone has to store their Build Artifacts somewhere, so this is an exciting tool, especially at this price point. Amazon Sagemaker Ground Truth can now label 3D point clouds using a new editor and assistive labeling features. We don’t know how this one works but expect widespread adoption in advanced machine learning. New EC2 instances with Graviton2 processors are now generally available. Whether you choose C6 or R6, expect some hefty price-performance improvements. AWS Lambda functions can now connect to Amazon Elastic File Systems. Sure, some people may make the point that this runs counter to the purpose of Lambda, but just think of the use cases! The AWS CloudFormation Guard open-source command-line interface is now available in preview. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of remediation, and it’s good to see that made easy. Azure: An Instance of Poor Optics The live video analytics platform Azure Media Services is now in preview. Enjoy your automated live video feed analytical capabilities, Department of Defense! Pinky swear you’ll be responsible with it? Azure released several new instances this week based on Cascade Lake: Ddv4, Ddsv4, Edv4, Edsv4, Dv4, Dsv4, Ev4 and Esv4. You know Azure, if you make your naming and pricing conventions this obtuse, we’ll start to think you just like watching your marketing department squirm. Google: Just Another Fire in the Wall Google released a Github repo to help customers use the cloud monitoring dashboard API they released earlier this year. We love to see this trend back to basics. Google has introduced two new beta features to Google Cloud firewalls: hierarchical firewall policies and firewall insights. You can expect a lot of exception requests forwarded to your security team. Derek Phanekham and Rick Jones published a blog post this week explaining why they prefer using Netperf to measure round-trip network latency in the cloud. In this masterclass in writing a smear article, they have marketed against Amazon without ever mentioning AWS. Bravissimo! Lightning Round Justin takes this week’s point, leaving the score at Jonathan (five points), Justin (seven points), and Ryan (two points). And the lead grows! Other headlines mentioned: Azure Budgets in Cost Management now accounts threshold edits and alert limits above 100% Azure App Service hybrid connections for Linux apps is now available Azure Kubernetes Service upgrade improvements are now in preview Amazon CloudFront enables configurable origin connection att

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The Cloud Pod Deletes Everything (But Keeps Copies)

Your co-hosts announce parity with the leading cloud-computing podcast hosts on this week’s episode of The Cloud Pod. 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 Amazon is suing their former vice president of marketing. AWS introduces new instances. Google pulls the perfect hat-trick and celebrates parity with AWS three times. General News: What? Amazon is Litigious? No… Amazon is suing their former vice president of marketing Brian Hall over the breach of his non-compete agreement after taking a position with Google Cloud. We will see whether Amazon’s inconsistent enforcement of their non-compete agreements will give Hall a win in court. Slack is partnering with AWS, integrating Slack Calls with Amazon Chime. For an interview with Chime GM Sid Rao, check out friend of the show Corey Quinn’s podcast Screaming in the Cloud. Rackspace rebranded this week to “Rackspace Technology.” This shift mirrors their move from selling equipment to selling services. AWS: Instant Hits AWS launched new EC2 instances, this time bumping up to second generation AMD EPYC processors. Well, it’s cheaper than the Intel counterpart. EC2 G4dn bare metal instances are now available with up to eight NVIDIA T4 GPUs. You’ve got to be working on some seriously cool machine learning projects to need something this expensive. You can now find the machine-learning powered anomaly detection feature and interactive SQL tools in Amazon Elasticsearch Service. Chamberlain and Boyce (inventors of SQL) should be proud — it’s everywhere these days. You can now write the results of an Amazon Redshift query to an external table in Amazon S3. What on earth is this supposed to be building to? You can find new failover testing features in the resiliency toolkit in AWS Direct Connect. If you’re thinking of using this for Chaos Engineering, we warn you: please don’t. Azure: Recycled Ideas Azure Files now protects you from data loss using Soft Delete, analogous to your home computer’s Recycle Bin. We know the Recycle Bin is revolutionary but please, hold your applause! Forced Tunneling and SQL FQDN filtering are now available on Azure Firewall. Somebody needs to re-do their press release because we just can’t seem to tell what these guys were thinking. Google: As Seen On AWS Table-level access controls are now available in BigQuery. Well, this is going to be a support nightmare. Google Storage now features three new security tools: V4 signature support, hash-based message authentication and uniform bucket-level access. It’s good to see parity features, but the pomp around it always seems excessive. The Recommendation Hub (which aggregates all of Google Cloud’s Reccomender tools) is now in open beta. We recommend Google change the name as soon as possible because it’s terrible. Google announced “an updated Compliance Resource Center” this week. So, it’s just like AWS Artifact. Lightning Round Peter’s gone so no points this week, leaving the score at Jonathan (five points), Justin (six points) and Ryan (two points). Other headlines mentioned: Azure DevOps Services now simplifies Azure Artifacts integration with other services AWS Shield Advanced now supports proactive response to events Alexa for Business now available on Lifesize Icon meeting room systems CloudWatch Application Insights now supports MySQL, Amazon DynamoDB, custom logs, and more Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL Global Database Supports Managed Recovery Point Objective (RPO) AWS Elastic Beanstalk announces General Availability of Amazon Linux 2 Based Tomcat platforms Tighten S3 permissions for your IAM users and roles using access history of S3 actions Database Activity Streams now available for Aurora with MySQL compatibility Announcing Cross-Cluster

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The Cloud Pod Deletes Everything (But Keeps Copies)

The Cloud Pod Gets Their Groove Back

The Cloud Pod Gets Their Groove Back — Episode 74 Your co-hosts have cooked up a good one on this week’s episode of The Cloud Pod. 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 Your co-hosts cover DockerCon 2020. Chef announced several new features at ChefConf 2020. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) teaches you how to take an online certification exam. General News: Prince Ali Mirantis has released the first major update to Docker Enterprise since it acquired the platform in November — a loss for the startup community. Over 60,000 people registered for the online DockerCon, the first DockerCon after the loss of Enterprise. During the keynote, Docker CEO Scott Johnston announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft. Chinese cloud titan Alibaba’s revenue grew 62% in the first quarter of 2020, though it remains behind AWS, Microsoft and Google for now. With the regional advantage, it seems all Alibaba needs to do is maintain parity with AWS features to stay on top. Chef Conference: Too Many Cooks Predominant Configuration Management software platform and TCP punching-bag Chef held their virtual ChefConf where they debuted several new capabilities. Chef Compliance now features Chef Compliance Audit and Chef Compliance Remediation. Chef Desktop helps IT managers centrally deploy, manage and secure an organization’s laptops, desktops and workstations. Chef Infra and Chef Automate now integrate with ServiceNow Configuration Management Database. AWS: No Back-SaaS Upgrading contracts for SaaS and usage-based products on the AWS Marketplace is now easier. Look to this for grabbing those high-volume discounts when scaling up. AWS Single Sign-On now integrates with Okta Universal Directory. This one’s a sure-fire hit. AWS Amplify iOS and Amplify Android libraries and tools are now available. We…are not a group of iOS experts here at TCP. Let us know what you think of these! Elastic Load Balancing now supports TLS Application-Layer Protocol Negotiation policies. It’s great to be able to create rules at this specific level. Amazon Elastic Container Service now features container health checks and load balancer views. Maybe this works well for a Netflix-style use case, but it just feels unintuitively designed. The curated Threat Landscape Report is now available on AWS Shield. Threat Events are only increasing in frequency and scope, and they show no sign of stopping anytime soon. Amazon Redshift compilation times have been cut in half. Azure: Cubicle Labyrinth Azure Peering Service is now generally available, featuring the routing preference option. Reader beware: the graphs in this article are not to scale. Microsoft and Docker partnered to integrate Docker Desktop with Azure and Visual Studio. Let’s hope this doesn’t come with too hefty an initial download. Azure Maps Creator is now in preview. We’ll likely see some popular adoption of this once people are allowed back onto large campuses. The new Dd v4-series and Ed v4-series Virtual Machines featuring powerful local SSD storage are now available. Come on Microsoft, surely you’ve got a better marketing department than this? Google: Online University Smart Analytics Frameworks for AI Platform Notebooks is now in beta. We’re not sure what it is, but we’re sure it’s going to be great. Google Cloud announced skill badge, learning path and remote certification exam initiatives. If you’ve never taken a virtually proctored exam, Google even included a helpful guide on YouTube. Cross-region replication is now available for Cloud SQL. Lightning Round Ryan takes this week’s point, putting the score at Jonathan (five points), Justin (six points) and Ryan (two points). That’s a 100% increase! Other headlines mentioned: Azure

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The Cloud Pod Gets Their Groove Back

Amiram Shachar: Reducing cost and complexity of the cloud with Spot

In this episode of TCP-Talks we chat with Amiram Shachar, founder and CEO of Spot, which aims to help its customers reduce complexity and compute costs by up to 90% in the AWS, GCP and Azure clouds. We talk about the impact on the spot pricing market, and the differences between the AWS, GCP and Azure approach to spot pricing and delivery, and whether customers are asking for multi cloud solutions. Amiram discusses the problems Spot solves, why they chose to partner with NetApp and reveal the mystery of the rebrand from Spotinst, then takes us on a deeper dive into Spot’s Ocean, a Serverless Infrastructure Engine for Containers,.

28 MINJUN 9
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Amiram Shachar: Reducing cost and complexity of the cloud with Spot

The Cloud Pod Celebrates BigQuery’s 10th Birthday

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 An unusually short AWS segment this week featured new Backup customizations. Azure is bringing their HoloLens2 to a new set of countries. We celebrate BigQuery’s 10th birthday and the accompanying BigSale. AWS: Only Three Stories Somehow Jonah Jones of the AWS Open Source Blog published an article on how to use the PromCat (Prometheus Catalog) to monitor AWS services used by Kubernetes. It’s great to see Prometheus and Kubernetes continue to take over the world. You can now opt-in or opt-out of AWS Backup services at the account level. Opt-in is nice and all, but opt-out provides peace of mind to the largest user base. Information on AWS regions and servers is now available programmatically in the AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store. It’ll be nice when we see other tools pulling this data. Azure: Mixed With What? HoloLens 2, the latest in Azure’s “mixed reality” glasses technology, is now available in 10 countries and will be coming to more soon. Once the technology becomes as functional as it is in the advertisements, we’re going to be thrilled to play with it. There’s a lot of potential here for industrial applications that are already being explored. The Azure Arc preview now supports Kubernetes which was hotly requested in customer feedback. Expect to see some very interesting use cases from Azure Arc in the next 12 months. Google: Happy Birthday! After dropping out early in the JEDI contract competition citing conflicts with its AI principals, Google has signed a seven-figure contract with the Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit. Google anticipates that this may lead to future business deals with branches of the DoD. Serverless VPC Access now features ingress settings. It’s really nice to see a tightening down of function access on VPCs and vice versa. This should make a lot of people happy. Google’s new open-source tool IAP Desktop allows users to access and manage Windows VMs conveniently and securely. Glad to see Google supporting the zero-trust remote admin access story. Data warehouse BigQuery turns 10 years old this May, and Google is celebrating. The story of BigQuery is a long one full of the development of now common tools. Google is honoring the occasion in several ways, including the BigQuery data challenge and discounted BigQuery slots sold at 5% the normal cost for six months. If you haven’t already, we highly recommend checking BigQuery out for yourself. OneFS for Google Cloud, a versatile, efficient and high-capacity storage solution by Dell Technologies, is now generally available. If you’ve been wondering what happened to Isilon since the acquisition by Dell, this is it. Cloud Functions for Java 11 is now in beta and open for anyone to try out. If that seems like a lot of Java versions to you, you’re not alone. Most of us are still figuring out Java 8. Slow down! Lightning Round Justin takes this week’s point, taking a narrow lead at Jonathan (five points), Justin (six points) and Ryan (one point). Let’s see if he can stay on top! Other headlines mentioned: Object replication public preview for Azure Blob storage Change feed with full database operations for Azure Cosmos DB Point-in-time-restore (PITR) for Azure Cosmos DB Amazon Transcribe now supports vocabulary filtering for real-time transcription Amazon Chime SDK adds Data Messages for Real-time Signaling AWS Global Accelerator is Now Available in Two Additional Regions Amazon QLDB now supports real-time streaming Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now supports Bring Your Own IPv6 Addresses (BYOIPv6) AWS announces custom chat retention policies for the Amazon Chime application Azure Monitor Logs IntelliSense improvements are now availab

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The Cloud Pod Celebrates BigQuery’s 10th Birthday

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The Cloud Pod Confidential

The Cloud Pod Confidential — Episode 79 Your hosts kick off the nine weeks of Google Next on this week’s episode of The Cloud Pod. 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 We kicked off this year’s Google Next by crowning our draft picks winner! Friend of the show Ian Mckay wrote a tool to automate your auto-remediation. Azure is here too. (We just wanted them to feel included this week.) Google: What’s Next? The Google Cloud Next keynote address was this week, and Jonathan has taken the win for our draft picks by predicting new collaborations and productivity tools in Google Meet. Congratulations, Jonathan! Google launched the Open Usage Commons framework to support Open Source development. Google has donated the ISTIO trademark to the Commons, upsetting IBM. AutoML Tables has received several user-friendliness features, including explanations for online predictions. (Not that any of us use AutoML.) Google is releasing Network Endpoint Groups, which is a collection of network endpoints to use as backends for some load balancers. This is what you need to have if your hybrid cloud isn’t going to be just a transition. The new Active Assist portfolio of tools promises to help you reduce the complexity of your cloud operations. Moving around the complexity, how very… Oracle of you. Assured Workloads for Government, now in private beta, promises to help government customers, suppliers and contractors meet the security and compliance standards of federal agencies. The compliant-but-not-isolated model can be expected to bleed out into non-governmental workloads. BigQuery Omni will allow you to access and analyze data across your multi-cloud environment. It’s a solution to the data gravity problem, but keep in mind it’s still an onramp to GCP. The Confidential Virtual Machines product, now in beta, is the first tool in the Confidential Computing portfolio. Apparently this is revolutionary, but we’re only sold on “neat.” The new Customer to Community (C2C) platform is an exclusive community for cloud professionals among Google Cloud customers. We expect invitation emails from all the major cloud providers soon. AWS: Who Remediates the Autoremediator? You can now create Elastic Block Store snapshots from any block storage data. It’s really just an API right now, but there’s bound to be a third-party tool waiting in the wings to take advantage of this. AWS has made the first major updates to the Well-Architected Framework — don’t expect a total overhaul though. Following the release of cdk8s last month, AWS has released the cdk8s+ class library. The jury’s still out on the tool, but we’re in agreement that the naming is awful. You can now use AWS Organizations to manage content policies for the CodeGuru Profiler, Comprehend, Lex, Polly, Rekognition, Textract, Transcribe and Translate machine learning services. You made sure to read the entirety of the license agreement, right? Docker and AWS have partnered to bring the Docker Desktop and Docker Compose applications to Amazon Elastic Container Service. They must have been jealous of the Docker attention Azure has been getting. The new AWS Copilot Command Line Interface tool can automatically set up the infrastructure needed to run containerized applications. Think of it like kubectl for ECS. Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service now supports Kubernetes 1.17. Finally, only one major version behind, as it should be. AWS App Mesh now supports virtual gateways for ingress configuration. The key here is that this is an envoy proxy you don’t have to manage. You can now implement automatic drift remediation for AWS CloudFormation using CloudWatch and Lambda. Friend of the show Ian Mckay even wrote a tool to automate the s

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TCP Talks with Aqua Security’s Liz Rice

In this TCP Talks episode, Justin Brodley and Jonathan Baker chat with Liz Rice, VP of open source engineering for Aqua Security, which provides tools to secure cloud-native deployments. Liz describes Aqua’s evolution over the years: From a provider of container security to its acquisition of CloudSploit and its development of open-source security solutions. Most customers are using cloud native software, and Aqua wants to secure those workloads and engage that community. “As a business, we have to be where the discussions are. Having open-source tools that are genuinely useful gives us a good way to participate in that community,” Liz explains. In addition to her role at Aqua Security, she is the chair on the CloudNative Computing Foundation‘s (CNCF) Technical Oversight Committee. During the conversation, Liz gives an overview of how they handle projects. Key Takeaways Open source tools offer an entry point into communities. “As a business, we have to be there — we have to be where the discussions are. And having open source tools and solutions that are genuinely useful gives us a good way of participating in that community,” Liz says of the value of Aqua developing open-source tools. The company’s Starboard toolkit for finding risks in Kubernetes workloads and environments is a recent example. Liz discusses Starboard’s comparative advantage — it integrates existing Kubernetes tools, not just from Aqua but also from third-parties, into the Kubernetes experience. “You can run Trivy through Starboard and your results are right there next to the workload you’re interested in,” she says. Liz discusses CNCF’s role with Kubernetes and beyond. “Google today contributes tons of time, energy, and engineering hours into Kubernetes. If tomorrow they were to decide they were going to walk away, Kubernetes still exists, and it would do so because of the CNCF and its participants,” she explains. Resources Here’s what was mentioned in the episode “Container Security: Fundamental Technology Concepts that Protect Containerized Applications“: Liz Rice’s book. Aqua Security: a company that delivered security solutions for applications. Cloud Native Computing Foundation: CNCF serves as the vendor-neutral home for many of the fastest-growing open-source projects, including Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy. CloudSploit: security scanner for cloud accounts. Trivy: vulnerability scanner for container images. Starboard: makes security information available across the Kubernetes API in a native way. Prometheus: an open-source metrics-based monitoring system. Istio: Google’s open-source independent service mesh allows companies to connect, monitor, and secure microservices. Kubecon + CloudNativeCon EU: Virtual Conference for 2020.

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TCP Talks with Aqua Security’s Liz Rice

Honey, I built an App!

Architect Matt Kohn fills in for Peter on this week’s episode of The Cloud Pod. 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 Ian McKay has cool tools for the new Honeycode service. Amazon shoots for the stars with their new Aerospace and Satellite Solutions business unit. A new family of Virtual Machines boast powerful performance benchmarks. AWS: Business! In! Space! Amazon’s No-Code solution has finally shipped in the form of Amazon Honeycode, fully managed and now in beta. Friend of the show Ian McKay has created Honeycode export and appflow integration projects which add a lot of usability to the service. After a six-month beta period, Amazon CodeGuru is now generally available featuring CodeGuru Reviewer and CodeGuru Profiler. CodeGuru is still sticking to Java support, so if you’re working in another language, you won’t find much here. AWS CodeCommit now supports a limited set of Emoji Reactions to comment on pull requests and commits. The set includes , , , and “ship-it”, though we’d have rather used , , , and . AWS announced a foray into the space sector with the launch of the Aerospace and Satellite Solutions business unit. AWS appointed former director of Space Force Planning Clint Crosier to lead the unit. On the last day of June, AWS launched AWS App2Container to help containerize currently running applications without the need for code changes. Once this applies to applications other than .NET 3.5+ and Java, we expect this to be adopted like hotcakes. On the first of July, AWS announced the Porting Assistant for .NET, a tool to port .NET Framework applications to .NET Core running on Linux. This should clean up the last of the .NET apps in the next, say, 25 years. Amazon Relational Database Service instances are now available on AWS Outposts with mySQL and PostgreSQL support. The management fee can be a bit pricey, but compared to what you’d already be paying for Outpost, you probably won’t even notice. Azure: I Studied the Blade The first release of Docker Desktop’s integration with Microsoft Azure is now complete. Now if only Docker Desktop would stop updating so incessantly. Azure Load Balancer customers can now use the Insights blade using Azure Monitor for Networks. There’s certainly some potential here. Azure now supports automatic image-based upgrades for custom images, integrating with Shared Image Gallery. Google: Making Money Move Google is rewarding steady-state, predictable usage with new committed use discounts for Cloud SQL. Automatic discounts are a lot more marketable than trying to sell someone on a savings plan. Google announced the new Accelerator-Optimized family of virtual machines, based on the NVIDIA Ampere A100 Tensor Core GPU. Let us know if you have a use case for this kind of power. Minecraft? Cryptocurrency mining? Deutsche Bank and Google have partnered to lead the banking industry into a new, cloud-based paradigme. Deutsche Bank recently received a $150 million penalty for a lack of oversight over the accounts of then-registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. So, you know, the go-to trusted leaders in the banking industry. Lightning Round Justin takes this week’s point, leaving the score at Jonathan (six points), Justin (eight points) and Ryan (two points). Thanks to our honorary Peter for judging this week! Other headlines mentioned: Azure Pipelines now supports Linux/ARM64 Durable Functions now supports Python Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) customers can now use their own Prefix Lists to simplify the configuration of security groups and route tables Azure Storage 200 TB block blob size is now in preview Company branding feature is now available on your organization’s Azure AD sign-in page Amazon Connect a

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Honey, I built an App!

Google Next Prediction Show

Google Cloud Next Predictions Your show hosts come to you with their cloudy crystal balls to give us Google Cloud Next Prediction show for Thomas Kurian’s keynote. Justin CloudSQL/Firebase/BigQuery via Anthos More Granularity in Stackdriver reports/analytics around status reports (Thanks /u/casper_man) Cloud endpoint Security Protection (Antivirus, Endpoint DLP, HIDS) Jonathan New Collaborations & Productivity tools Google Meet, New or Improved Price reduction (token for Anthos (Small cut pacify the haters) Thomas Kurian will speak about community governance (Peter) Matt GCP will launch a new region somewhere in the midwest Partnership with a pro-sports league. Will announce their commitment to cloud infrastructure beyond 2023 Ryan Tout their amazing bigquery & ML stuff to help with Covid research A significant price reduction for Anthos drop it by more than 40% or removing 12 month commitment Layer 7 network inspection and egress filtering Honorable Mentions Endpoint Security will run in the hypervisor (Agentless) – Jonathan Tool Similar to Sagemaker Threat Hunting Tools ML/AI chops to Cloud Monitoring Configuration Management Endpoints Major Updates to Docs, Sheets, Slides, Quantum Computers Tie Breaker: Number of Virtual Attendees on the Register? Ryan – 45,000 Matt – 60,000 Jonathan- 85,000 Justin – 100,000

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The Cloud Pod Enjoys a Snowcone

Your hosts see a new cloud on the horizon and anticipate a flood on this week’s episode of The Cloud Pod. 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 HashiCorp enters the ring with HashiCorp Cloud Platform. Microsoft offers free AI classes. Bayer Crop Sciences pushes cluster size to new heights. General News: A Challenger Approaches HashiCorp has launched the HashiCorp Cloud Platform featuring managed Consul as the single initial service. HashiCorp is currently soliciting feedback on the alpha version of HashiCorp Cloud Platform and is planning on releasing Vault next. AWS: Let it Snow The AWS Snow family of devices is now joined by AWS Snowcone, a four-and-a-half pound eight terabyte data storage and transfer device, both the most storage and least weight yet. Don’t lose it though — this little guy runs around $2,000. Aurora Global database now supports write request forwarding for low latency global data reads. This is fantastic news for lazy devs like us. Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling Groups now support the Instance Refresh feature, eliminating the need for custom scripts and systems. This is a long-anticipated feature for TCP. We can’t believe it’s taken until 2020! The new Lambda Powertools library within the Serverless Lens for the Well Architected Framework features Tracer, Logger and Metrics as its three core utilities. Using these tools to get yourself set up will save you a lot of strife down the line. Azure: An ‘Udacious’ Plan Azure and Udacity are partnering to launch a scholarship program and the free Azure Machine Learning course to address the growing demand for AI specialists. We’ve had good experiences with Udacity so this offering appeals directly to us. Azure is catering to users new to ARM templates with new features including a template Quickstart gallery and Azure Resource Manager Tools in Visual Studio Code. How did we ever get by without this? Google: Seeds and Nodes Google rolled out Transport Layer Security 1.3 featuring updated ciphers and low handshake latency as the new default for Cloud CDN and Global Load Balancing customers. Of course, you’ll still have to be ready to work with 1.0 since some people just won’t upgrade from their 2001 edition of Internet Explorer. The Apigee adapter for Envoy is now in beta. If you’re not a fan, you can still use Kong as the last remaining standalone API company. Google’s Cloud Monitoring service now features the Cloud Pub/Sub channel in beta. If an error is fixed before you learn of it, did it even really happen? In a blog post this week, Rob Long and Maciek Różacki detailed how Bayer Crop Sciences uses Google Kubernetes Engine clusters to perform complex genetic analysis on developing crop strains. These guys put 15,000 nodes in a cluster — it’s absolutely buckwild. Google has opened a new cloud region in the (sinking) city of Jakarta. Of course, Google may kill the product well before the water rises. Lightning Round Jonathan takes this week’s point, leaving the score at Jonathan (six points), Justin (seven points) and Ryan (two points). It’s still neck-and-neck! Other headlines mentioned: Amazon SES can now send notifications when the delivery of an email is delayed Amazon Lex announces built-in search intent to enable Amazon Kendra integration AWS DataSync can now transfer data to and from AWS Snowcone Azure Storage account failover is now generally available AWS DeepComposer announces the launch of Chartbusters, a monthly challenge for developers to showcase their machine learning skills Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) adds $regex indexing and support for null characters in strings Announcing extended term reservation for the Azure HBv2 Virtual Machine Azure Cosmos DB transport layer

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IBM Blames Cloud Pod for Outages

Your hosts (minus Jonathan) talk outages and instances on this week’s episode of The Cloud Pod. 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 Mark Russinovich (twitter: @markrussinovich) published a guide on scaling-up during the pandemic. Sagemaker Ground Truth lets robots see in 3D. Check out our interview with Spot CEO Amiram Schachar. General News: Not Our Fault IBM assigned the cause of a several-hour global outage on June 10 to an unnamed third party. We can expect a full formal report from IBM soon. Data warehouse specialist company Snowflake is rumored to be filing for initial public offering at $20 billion, 1,333% of its valuation just two and a half years ago. It’s just a matter of time until Amazon Redshift makes a move to break into Snowflake’s space. COVID-19 Chief Technical Officer at Azure Mark Russinovich detailed how Azure scales Microsoft Teams during the pandemic in what appears to be a face-saving measure after Azure’s recent capacity issues. It’s a weighty article — we recommend checking this one out for yourself if you’re encountering any scaling issues of your own. AWS: The Third Dimension is Data AWS CodeArtifact, a managed artifact repository service, is now generally available. Everyone has to store their Build Artifacts somewhere, so this is an exciting tool, especially at this price point. Amazon Sagemaker Ground Truth can now label 3D point clouds using a new editor and assistive labeling features. We don’t know how this one works but expect widespread adoption in advanced machine learning. New EC2 instances with Graviton2 processors are now generally available. Whether you choose C6 or R6, expect some hefty price-performance improvements. AWS Lambda functions can now connect to Amazon Elastic File Systems. Sure, some people may make the point that this runs counter to the purpose of Lambda, but just think of the use cases! The AWS CloudFormation Guard open-source command-line interface is now available in preview. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of remediation, and it’s good to see that made easy. Azure: An Instance of Poor Optics The live video analytics platform Azure Media Services is now in preview. Enjoy your automated live video feed analytical capabilities, Department of Defense! Pinky swear you’ll be responsible with it? Azure released several new instances this week based on Cascade Lake: Ddv4, Ddsv4, Edv4, Edsv4, Dv4, Dsv4, Ev4 and Esv4. You know Azure, if you make your naming and pricing conventions this obtuse, we’ll start to think you just like watching your marketing department squirm. Google: Just Another Fire in the Wall Google released a Github repo to help customers use the cloud monitoring dashboard API they released earlier this year. We love to see this trend back to basics. Google has introduced two new beta features to Google Cloud firewalls: hierarchical firewall policies and firewall insights. You can expect a lot of exception requests forwarded to your security team. Derek Phanekham and Rick Jones published a blog post this week explaining why they prefer using Netperf to measure round-trip network latency in the cloud. In this masterclass in writing a smear article, they have marketed against Amazon without ever mentioning AWS. Bravissimo! Lightning Round Justin takes this week’s point, leaving the score at Jonathan (five points), Justin (seven points), and Ryan (two points). And the lead grows! Other headlines mentioned: Azure Budgets in Cost Management now accounts threshold edits and alert limits above 100% Azure App Service hybrid connections for Linux apps is now available Azure Kubernetes Service upgrade improvements are now in preview Amazon CloudFront enables configurable origin connection att

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The Cloud Pod Deletes Everything (But Keeps Copies)

Your co-hosts announce parity with the leading cloud-computing podcast hosts on this week’s episode of The Cloud Pod. 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 Amazon is suing their former vice president of marketing. AWS introduces new instances. Google pulls the perfect hat-trick and celebrates parity with AWS three times. General News: What? Amazon is Litigious? No… Amazon is suing their former vice president of marketing Brian Hall over the breach of his non-compete agreement after taking a position with Google Cloud. We will see whether Amazon’s inconsistent enforcement of their non-compete agreements will give Hall a win in court. Slack is partnering with AWS, integrating Slack Calls with Amazon Chime. For an interview with Chime GM Sid Rao, check out friend of the show Corey Quinn’s podcast Screaming in the Cloud. Rackspace rebranded this week to “Rackspace Technology.” This shift mirrors their move from selling equipment to selling services. AWS: Instant Hits AWS launched new EC2 instances, this time bumping up to second generation AMD EPYC processors. Well, it’s cheaper than the Intel counterpart. EC2 G4dn bare metal instances are now available with up to eight NVIDIA T4 GPUs. You’ve got to be working on some seriously cool machine learning projects to need something this expensive. You can now find the machine-learning powered anomaly detection feature and interactive SQL tools in Amazon Elasticsearch Service. Chamberlain and Boyce (inventors of SQL) should be proud — it’s everywhere these days. You can now write the results of an Amazon Redshift query to an external table in Amazon S3. What on earth is this supposed to be building to? You can find new failover testing features in the resiliency toolkit in AWS Direct Connect. If you’re thinking of using this for Chaos Engineering, we warn you: please don’t. Azure: Recycled Ideas Azure Files now protects you from data loss using Soft Delete, analogous to your home computer’s Recycle Bin. We know the Recycle Bin is revolutionary but please, hold your applause! Forced Tunneling and SQL FQDN filtering are now available on Azure Firewall. Somebody needs to re-do their press release because we just can’t seem to tell what these guys were thinking. Google: As Seen On AWS Table-level access controls are now available in BigQuery. Well, this is going to be a support nightmare. Google Storage now features three new security tools: V4 signature support, hash-based message authentication and uniform bucket-level access. It’s good to see parity features, but the pomp around it always seems excessive. The Recommendation Hub (which aggregates all of Google Cloud’s Reccomender tools) is now in open beta. We recommend Google change the name as soon as possible because it’s terrible. Google announced “an updated Compliance Resource Center” this week. So, it’s just like AWS Artifact. Lightning Round Peter’s gone so no points this week, leaving the score at Jonathan (five points), Justin (six points) and Ryan (two points). Other headlines mentioned: Azure DevOps Services now simplifies Azure Artifacts integration with other services AWS Shield Advanced now supports proactive response to events Alexa for Business now available on Lifesize Icon meeting room systems CloudWatch Application Insights now supports MySQL, Amazon DynamoDB, custom logs, and more Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL Global Database Supports Managed Recovery Point Objective (RPO) AWS Elastic Beanstalk announces General Availability of Amazon Linux 2 Based Tomcat platforms Tighten S3 permissions for your IAM users and roles using access history of S3 actions Database Activity Streams now available for Aurora with MySQL compatibility Announcing Cross-Cluster

38 MINJUN 18
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The Cloud Pod Gets Their Groove Back

The Cloud Pod Gets Their Groove Back — Episode 74 Your co-hosts have cooked up a good one on this week’s episode of The Cloud Pod. 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 Your co-hosts cover DockerCon 2020. Chef announced several new features at ChefConf 2020. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) teaches you how to take an online certification exam. General News: Prince Ali Mirantis has released the first major update to Docker Enterprise since it acquired the platform in November — a loss for the startup community. Over 60,000 people registered for the online DockerCon, the first DockerCon after the loss of Enterprise. During the keynote, Docker CEO Scott Johnston announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft. Chinese cloud titan Alibaba’s revenue grew 62% in the first quarter of 2020, though it remains behind AWS, Microsoft and Google for now. With the regional advantage, it seems all Alibaba needs to do is maintain parity with AWS features to stay on top. Chef Conference: Too Many Cooks Predominant Configuration Management software platform and TCP punching-bag Chef held their virtual ChefConf where they debuted several new capabilities. Chef Compliance now features Chef Compliance Audit and Chef Compliance Remediation. Chef Desktop helps IT managers centrally deploy, manage and secure an organization’s laptops, desktops and workstations. Chef Infra and Chef Automate now integrate with ServiceNow Configuration Management Database. AWS: No Back-SaaS Upgrading contracts for SaaS and usage-based products on the AWS Marketplace is now easier. Look to this for grabbing those high-volume discounts when scaling up. AWS Single Sign-On now integrates with Okta Universal Directory. This one’s a sure-fire hit. AWS Amplify iOS and Amplify Android libraries and tools are now available. We…are not a group of iOS experts here at TCP. Let us know what you think of these! Elastic Load Balancing now supports TLS Application-Layer Protocol Negotiation policies. It’s great to be able to create rules at this specific level. Amazon Elastic Container Service now features container health checks and load balancer views. Maybe this works well for a Netflix-style use case, but it just feels unintuitively designed. The curated Threat Landscape Report is now available on AWS Shield. Threat Events are only increasing in frequency and scope, and they show no sign of stopping anytime soon. Amazon Redshift compilation times have been cut in half. Azure: Cubicle Labyrinth Azure Peering Service is now generally available, featuring the routing preference option. Reader beware: the graphs in this article are not to scale. Microsoft and Docker partnered to integrate Docker Desktop with Azure and Visual Studio. Let’s hope this doesn’t come with too hefty an initial download. Azure Maps Creator is now in preview. We’ll likely see some popular adoption of this once people are allowed back onto large campuses. The new Dd v4-series and Ed v4-series Virtual Machines featuring powerful local SSD storage are now available. Come on Microsoft, surely you’ve got a better marketing department than this? Google: Online University Smart Analytics Frameworks for AI Platform Notebooks is now in beta. We’re not sure what it is, but we’re sure it’s going to be great. Google Cloud announced skill badge, learning path and remote certification exam initiatives. If you’ve never taken a virtually proctored exam, Google even included a helpful guide on YouTube. Cross-region replication is now available for Cloud SQL. Lightning Round Ryan takes this week’s point, putting the score at Jonathan (five points), Justin (six points) and Ryan (two points). That’s a 100% increase! Other headlines mentioned: Azure

50 MINJUN 14
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Amiram Shachar: Reducing cost and complexity of the cloud with Spot

In this episode of TCP-Talks we chat with Amiram Shachar, founder and CEO of Spot, which aims to help its customers reduce complexity and compute costs by up to 90% in the AWS, GCP and Azure clouds. We talk about the impact on the spot pricing market, and the differences between the AWS, GCP and Azure approach to spot pricing and delivery, and whether customers are asking for multi cloud solutions. Amiram discusses the problems Spot solves, why they chose to partner with NetApp and reveal the mystery of the rebrand from Spotinst, then takes us on a deeper dive into Spot’s Ocean, a Serverless Infrastructure Engine for Containers,.

28 MINJUN 9
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Amiram Shachar: Reducing cost and complexity of the cloud with Spot

The Cloud Pod Celebrates BigQuery’s 10th Birthday

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 An unusually short AWS segment this week featured new Backup customizations. Azure is bringing their HoloLens2 to a new set of countries. We celebrate BigQuery’s 10th birthday and the accompanying BigSale. AWS: Only Three Stories Somehow Jonah Jones of the AWS Open Source Blog published an article on how to use the PromCat (Prometheus Catalog) to monitor AWS services used by Kubernetes. It’s great to see Prometheus and Kubernetes continue to take over the world. You can now opt-in or opt-out of AWS Backup services at the account level. Opt-in is nice and all, but opt-out provides peace of mind to the largest user base. Information on AWS regions and servers is now available programmatically in the AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store. It’ll be nice when we see other tools pulling this data. Azure: Mixed With What? HoloLens 2, the latest in Azure’s “mixed reality” glasses technology, is now available in 10 countries and will be coming to more soon. Once the technology becomes as functional as it is in the advertisements, we’re going to be thrilled to play with it. There’s a lot of potential here for industrial applications that are already being explored. The Azure Arc preview now supports Kubernetes which was hotly requested in customer feedback. Expect to see some very interesting use cases from Azure Arc in the next 12 months. Google: Happy Birthday! After dropping out early in the JEDI contract competition citing conflicts with its AI principals, Google has signed a seven-figure contract with the Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit. Google anticipates that this may lead to future business deals with branches of the DoD. Serverless VPC Access now features ingress settings. It’s really nice to see a tightening down of function access on VPCs and vice versa. This should make a lot of people happy. Google’s new open-source tool IAP Desktop allows users to access and manage Windows VMs conveniently and securely. Glad to see Google supporting the zero-trust remote admin access story. Data warehouse BigQuery turns 10 years old this May, and Google is celebrating. The story of BigQuery is a long one full of the development of now common tools. Google is honoring the occasion in several ways, including the BigQuery data challenge and discounted BigQuery slots sold at 5% the normal cost for six months. If you haven’t already, we highly recommend checking BigQuery out for yourself. OneFS for Google Cloud, a versatile, efficient and high-capacity storage solution by Dell Technologies, is now generally available. If you’ve been wondering what happened to Isilon since the acquisition by Dell, this is it. Cloud Functions for Java 11 is now in beta and open for anyone to try out. If that seems like a lot of Java versions to you, you’re not alone. Most of us are still figuring out Java 8. Slow down! Lightning Round Justin takes this week’s point, taking a narrow lead at Jonathan (five points), Justin (six points) and Ryan (one point). Let’s see if he can stay on top! Other headlines mentioned: Object replication public preview for Azure Blob storage Change feed with full database operations for Azure Cosmos DB Point-in-time-restore (PITR) for Azure Cosmos DB Amazon Transcribe now supports vocabulary filtering for real-time transcription Amazon Chime SDK adds Data Messages for Real-time Signaling AWS Global Accelerator is Now Available in Two Additional Regions Amazon QLDB now supports real-time streaming Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) now supports Bring Your Own IPv6 Addresses (BYOIPv6) AWS announces custom chat retention policies for the Amazon Chime application Azure Monitor Logs IntelliSense improvements are now availab

40 MINJUN 9
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The Cloud Pod Celebrates BigQuery’s 10th Birthday
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