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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.

    Solutions Architect To SADA CTO: Miles Ward on how and why the Google Cloud has the edge

    Solutions Architect To SADA CTO: Miles Ward on how and why the Google Cloud has the edge

    In this episode of TCP Talks, Justin Brodley and Jonathan Baker talk with Miles Ward, the founder of the Google Cloud’s Solutions Architecture practice. Currently, Miles leads the cloud strategy and solutions capabilities as the Chief Technology Officer for consulting and IT services company SADA.
    Startups have helped increase the popularity of open source products among enterprise businesses. Changing systems can be a struggle for larger, more traditional companies. But legacy businesses also want to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time, which requires shedding clunky, legacy systems. 
    “Those building blocks make it so that companies operate at a certain rate of change. And I know zero companies asking me to slow down their rate of change,” he notes. 
    The evolution of product compatibility is also discussed.  Product sellers need to help customers understand how much of their system fits and how much doesn’t fit in one solution compared to another, Miles says. Customers need to have a clear understanding of what’s involved and how much work it’s going to be.  
    In addition, Miles shares his thoughts on the role of the CTO as well as the benefits of rebranding a product everybody hates.
    Featured Guest
    Name: Miles Ward
    What he does: As CTO of SADA, Miles leads the cloud strategy and solutions capabilities. His remit includes delivering next-generation solutions to challenges in big data and analytics, application migration, infrastructure automation, and cost optimization; and engaging with customers on their most complex and ambitious plans around Google Cloud. 
    Key quote: “There used to be big crunchy legacy impediments to adoption… But it’s 2021 — live in the future, that shit works. Now it’s more about making it easy enough and predictable enough to consume that folks can unlock the business justification.” 
    Where to find him: LinkedIn | Twitter
    Key Takeaways

    Gone are the days when products from different technology providers, like Oracle or SAP, couldn’t work together to solve a customer problem. These days, companies need to make products easy and predictable enough so customers can unlock the business justification straight away.
    For Google Cloud, the next phase of growth will require investment in higher-level relationships with customers. Miles references his experience with current Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian (TK).   
    “TK is super focused about spending the majority of his time face to face with customers,” he says. “He’s not doing it to be a glad-hand, he’s deal making and proposal pushing and thinking through the machinery of how to build higher level relationships.” 
    There’s a huge opportunity to help the “the real world divisions inside of real world businesses”  — not just serve the IT department.
    Miles says, “I think there’s a bunch of cloud providers that are working really hard now to facilitate the plumbing and governance and oversight and security controls and operational management of what is — not a hybrid between their data center, and a cloud — a hybrid between their SaaS fleet and the couple of things they still need to run on their own.”
    Worried about leveraging a Google solution and then having them pull the plug on it? Miles doesn’t think you should be too concerned about deprecation. 
    “I think they have heard this feedback really loud and clear,” he says.  “There’s a whole bunch of people that have made it really obvious that if you’re going to provide these kinds of tools to outside team members, you’re going to have to figure out how to maintain them long term. I think the clearest and easiest path for that is to have the majority of products be built as open source,” Miles adds.

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    SADA: consulting and IT services company.
    Google Cloud Pl

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    The Cloud Pod now available at 9600 bps, 8 bits and 1 stop bit

    The Cloud Pod now available at 9600 bps, 8 bits and 1 stop bit

    On The Cloud Pod this week, the team is feeling nostalgic and a little nerdy, as you can see from the show title — a throwback to Serial Console and its ability to add a ton of characters when you didn’t want it to. 
    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.

    This week’s highlights

    Amazon should be singing a different tune.
    Google has astonished us all by actually sharing something interesting.
    Azure is the strict school principal that just canceled lunch. 

    General News: Justin Said It First 

    VentureBeat predicts industry clouds could be the next big thing. Justin will take the royalties check anytime, VentureBeat.

    Amazon Web Services: Please Don’t Keep It To Yourself

    Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS is now generally available. Surprising because we don’t remember it going into beta.
    AWS Distro for OpenTelemetry adds StatsD and Java support. We’re glad to see the continued investment in OpenTelemetry. 
    AWS DevOps Monitoring Dashboard solution is now generally available. The solutions library is a Rube Goldberg machine. 
    Amazon Lookout for Metrics is now generally available — perfect for Ryan, who has no machine learning experience. 
    Amazon Elasticsearch Service announces a new Auto-Tune feature for improved performance and application availability. We wish Amazon would open source this.
    AWS SSO credential profile support is now available in the AWS Toolkit for VS Code. Thank you, Jesus.
    Amazon is developing a chip to power the hardware switches that shuttle data around networks. Apparently Google and Apple are also doing this.
    Troubleshoot boot and networking issues with new EC2 Serial Console. Must be useful for someone, maybe the people using enclaves?  

    Google Cloud Platform: Blame Active Directory

    Google wants customers to rethink their cloud migration strategy. Actually quite an interesting blog post — no, this is not sarcasm!  
    Google BigQuery was named a leader in the 2021 Forrester Wave: Cloud Data Warehouse. We actually agree with this; it really is a great product.  
    Google announces Cloud SQL for SQL Server now comes with Active Directory authentication. Helpful only if you are on GCP Active Directory.  

     Azure: Pay To Play

    Azure has released several new compliance management capabilities to the Azure Security Center. We think this is really, really cool.
    Microsoft named a leader in the 2021 Forrester Wave: Function-as-a-Service Platforms. Congratulations to Microsoft.  

    TCP Lightning Round
    Justin cuts through the awkward silence and takes this week’s point, leaving scores at Justin (4), Ryan (3), Jonathan (5). 
    Other headlines mentioned:

    Backup for Azure Managed Disk is now generally available
    Amazon EKS now supports Elastic Fabric Adapter
    Amazon WorkDocs offers additional sharing controls throughout its Android app
    Amazon SageMaker now supports private Docker registry authentication
    Amazon API Gateway now provides IAM condition keys for governing endpoint, authorization and logging configurations  
    Amazon Timestream now supports Amazon VPC endpoints
    Create forecasting systems faster with automated workflows and notifications in Amazon Forecast 
    AWS Config adds pagination support for advanced queries that contain aggregate functions
    AWS WAF adds support for Request Header Insertion 
    Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB compatibility) now supports Event Subscriptions
    Announcing AWS Step Functions’ integration with Amazon EMR on EKS
    Amazon EMR now supports Amazon EC2 Instance Metadata Service v2
    AWS Security Hub integrates with Amazon Macie to automatically ingest sensitive data findings for improved centralized security posture manage

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    They didn’t even call The Cloud Pod about the AWS CEO role

    They didn’t even call The Cloud Pod about the AWS CEO role

    Disappointed not to see Amazon take the opportunity to increase its executive diversity with its new CEO.   
    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.

    This week’s highlights

    If Amazon was the royal family, this would be like Harry becoming King.
    Google found slugs in its lettuce and is not happy about it.
    Azure wants to shut The Cloud Pod up for good this time.

    General News: Nothing Spicy

    Sysdig is releasing unified cloud and container security with the launch of Unified Threat detection across AWS cloud and containers. Interesting that it uses Cloud Custodian.  

    Amazon Web Services: No Longer Hiring

    Tableau CEO Adam Selipsky will return to Amazon Web Services as CEO. We did not see this coming.  
    Introducing Amazon S3 Object Lambda. They listened to us! 

    Google Cloud Platform: Slurm It Up

    Google Cloud caps sales commissions as losses mount. This will remove the motivation to go after smaller deals.  
    Google announces a new method of obtaining Compute Engine instances for batch processing. We thought it was attacking our workloads but it actually wasn’t — our bad. 
    Google is announcing the preview of its Network Connectivity Center. No potatoes, thankfully.   
    Announcing the newest set of features for Slurm running on Google Cloud. Worst name ever.  
    Google announces A2 VMs are now generally available with the largest GPU cloud instances with NVIDIA A100 GPUs. Is this the computer version of scalping tickets?    
    Google announces high-bandwidth network configurations for General Purpose N2 and Compute Optimized C2 Compute Engine VM families. We’d love to know what the technology is behind this.  

    Azure: Not Happy With The Cloud Pod

    Azure announces plans to expand the Azure Availability Zones to more regions. We’ll take credit for this one.  

    TCP Lightning Round
    After a large amount of debate about who should win, Jonathan takes this week’s point, leaving scores at Justin (3), Ryan (3), Jonathan (5). 
    Other headlines mentioned:

    General availability: Enhanced Azure Dashboards experience for pinned Log Analytics parts
    Azure Monitor SQL insights for Azure SQL in public preview
    Announcing AWS Media Intelligence solutions’
    Amazon EC2 now supports UEFI boot when migrating virtual machines to EC2
    Amazon EKS reduces cluster creation time by 40%
    Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling Instance Refresh now supports phased deployments 
    Amazon RDS for MySQL now supports rollback protection for database major version upgrades
    Amazon QLDB Increases Verification APIs Throughput by an Order of Magnitude
    AWS announces Developer Preview release of opinionated deployment tool for .NET CLI
    Leverage state of the art Natural Language Processing with Hugging Face and Amazon SageMaker 
    Amazon QuickSight launches Custom Tooltips, Updates to Anomaly Detection, and More
    AWS Cost Categories now supports inherited and default values
    AWS Glue Studio now supports transforms defined in SQL 
    Cloud Spanner launches point-in-time-recovery capability

     Things Coming Up

    Microsoft Build — May 19–21 (Digital) 
    Google Cloud Next — Not announced yet (one site says Moscone is reserved June 28–30)
    Google Cloud Next 2021 — October 12–14, 2021
    AWS re:Invent — November 29–December 3 — Las Vegas
    Oracle Open World 

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    The Cloud Pod Hopes all Fault Injections are Simulated

    The Cloud Pod Hopes all Fault Injections are Simulated

    On The Cloud Pod this week, the team debate the merits of daylight savings and how they could use it to break things in a spectacular fashion.   
    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.

    This week’s highlights

    Amazon is injecting the fun back into the party.
    Google is going mission-critical, spare a thought for its employees. 
    Azure has released a new storage defender to reduce the threat of storage exploitation. 

    General News: Back From The Dead

    Docker CEO talks about their progress, product-led strategy, and coders as “kingmakers.” We’re not sure how solid that funding is but we’ll see how it goes when the renewals come around.      

    Amazon Web Services: So Many Faults 

    Amazon is launching the AWS Fault Injection Simulator (FIS) for controlled fault experiments on AWS workloads. We can’t wait for FIS to go wrong and start injecting faults where they don’t belong.    
    Amazon announces price reduction for S3 Glacier. We can hear the cash registers ringing in the background.      
    Amazon is celebrating 15 years of Amazon S3 with “Pi Week” livestream events. It’s not a sentient being!  
    Amazon gives customers an easy way to execute commands in a container running on ECS ec2 based instances or Fargate with ECS Exec. A little clunky to set up but it’s amazing!  
    Amazon announces end of life date for ECS-optimized Amazon Linux AMI. We’re predicting Amazon announces an extension announcement in January 2023!  
    Amazon is launching a new set of Graviton2 based instances for memory-intensive workloads. This sounds really good.  
    Amazon is adding policy validation to IAM Access Analyzer. Can’t argue with the price, it’s been so helpful.   

    Google Cloud Platform: Yell At Us

    Google is releasing a new service called Mission Critical Services (MCS). Meaning you get to yell at Google if it goes wrong.

    Azure: Epic

    Azure and AMD announce a landmark partnership in confidential computing evolution. Cool!
    More performance and choice with new Azure HBv3 virtual machines for high-performance computing. This is pretty epic!
    Aure announces new threat intelligence capabilities for Azure Defender for Storage. We want to see this added to Amazon and Google.  

    TCP Lightning Round
    It’s only taken a year, but Ryan has figured out a winning technique and takes this week’s point, leaving scores at Justin (3), Ryan (3), Jonathan (4). 
    Other headlines mentioned:

    General availability: Azure Media Services – HEVC encoding support in Standard Encoder
    Achieve up to 35% better price/performance with Amazon Aurora using new Graviton2 instances
    Amazon Transcribe supports word-level confidence scores for streaming transcription
    Amazon RDS Proxy now supports database connectivity from multiple Amazon VPCs
    Announcing support for multiple containers on Amazon SageMaker Inference endpoints, leading to cost savings of up to 80%
    AWS Copilot launches v1.4 with support for ECS exec and more
    Announcing the General Availability of Amazon Corretto 16

     Things Coming Up

    AWS Startup Date – April 8th (Digital)
    Microsoft Build — May 19–21 (Digital) 
    Google Cloud Next — Not announced yet (one site says Moscone is reserved June 28–30)
    Google Cloud Next 2021 – 12-14 October, 2021
    AWS re:Invent — November 29–December 3 — Las Vegas
    Oracle Open World 

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    The Cloud Pod moves forward without JEDI

    The Cloud Pod moves forward without JEDI

    On The Cloud Pod this week, Jonathan’s brain is a little scrambled and he can’t remember when he last went out for dinner even though it was with Justin on Tuesday.      
    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.

    This week’s highlights

    The honey pot might be about to dry up for Microsoft’s lawyers. 
    If you need a headache to get out of dinner with the in-laws, read this.
    Google has finally started listening to the sage advice from The Cloud Pod. 

    General News: Burn, Baby, Burn

    Okta says it’s buying security rival Auth0 for $6.5 billion, sending its stock plunging. The company’s not telling us its plan so don’t panic just yet. 
    OVH data center burns down knocking major sites offline. Brutal.

    JEDI: Things Are Not Going Well

    With a $10 billion cloud-computing deal snarled in court, the Pentagon may move forward without it. We can’t wait to see what this has cost taxpayers.

    Amazon Web Services: Bottom Of The Barrel

    AWS Lambda has received four new trusted advisor checks. This is a real advantage! 
    AWS Secrets manager now lets you replicate secrets across multiple AWS regions. This makes our brains hurt.   

    Google Cloud Platform: Just Listen To The Cloud Pod

    Introducing Apache Spark Structured Streaming connector for Pub/Sub Lite. Easy tools to make life easier! 
    Google’s Cloud Healthcare Consent Management API is now generally available. Could be a Trojan horse. 
    Save the date for Google Cloud Next ‘21: October 12–14, 2021. Thank you, Jesus, it’s not nine weeks long!
    Managing cloud firewalls at scale with new Hierarchical Firewall Policies. This is a terrible name.

    Azure: Hot Potato

    Scale your critical applications cost-effectively with Azure Disk Storage. Always love a good disk storage story.
    Architect and optimize your internet traffic with Azure routing preference. Who comes up with these names? 
    Announcing preview of Azure Trusted Launch for virtual machines. Cough, SolarWinds should read this, cough cough.  
    New Azure region coming to China in 2022. Yay. 
    Improving agility, performance and resilience with new Azure infrastructure capabilities. Some cool features. 

    TCP Lightning Round
    Ryan, energized by his win last week, could be on a winning streak as he takes this week’s point, leaving scores at Justin (3), Ryan (2), Jonathan (4). 
    Other headlines mentioned:

    Introducing a new API allowing you to stop in-progress workflows in Amazon Forecast
    Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL supports managed disaster recovery (DR) with Cross-Region Automated Backups
    Amazon Connect now provides an out-of-the-box chat user interface for your website
    AWS Step Functions adds tooling support for YAML  
    AWS Systems Manager Change Manager now supports multi-level approvals

     Things Coming Up

    Google Cloud Born-Digital Summit March 25th 2:30 AM – 5:00 AM Pacific Time (US)
    Microsoft Build — May 19–21 (Digital) 
    Google Cloud Next — Not announced yet (one site says Moscone is reserved June 28–30)
    Google Cloud Next 2021 – 12-14 October, 2021
    AWS re:Invent — November 29–December 3 — Las Vegas
    Oracle Open World 

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    The Cloud Meshes with Microsoft

    The Cloud Meshes with Microsoft

    On The Cloud Pod this week, Peter is spending the next 12 hours in a rejuvenation chamber like a regular villain straight out of a James Bond film.   
    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.

    This week’s highlights

    Amazon is on a mission to replace humans so we can go on holiday permanently. 
    Google is a bit early with the April Fools’ joke.
    Azure is, much to our surprise, ahead of everyone else for once.

    Amazon Web Services: Battle Bots

    Amazon announces Alexa Conversations is now generally available for voice app development. We’re still a bit disappointed in her voice — it would be nice to hear something a bit more natural.   
    Amazon launches computer vision service to detect defects in manufactured products. Soon we’ll just be sitting around eating bon bons — we can’t wait!
    AWS Asia Pacific (Osaka) region now open to all, with three availability zones and more services. We think this is a reaction to the huge cloud growth in Japan. 
    AWS DeepRacer League’s 2021 season launches with new Open and Pro divisions. Apparently it’s gone virtual and is being dominated by experts.

    Google Cloud Platform: A Bit Jealous

    Google introduces GKE Autopilot, a revolutionary mode of operations for managed Kubernetes. Autopilot makes it sound like an Oracle product. 
    Google announces the Risk Protection Program to enhance trust in cloud ecosystems. Google wants you to pay insurance in case its cloud goes down… 
    Google extends BigQuery BI engine for faster insights across popular BI tools. Pretty cool! 
    New enhancements for Google Cloud Marketplace Private Catalog including Terraform support. This is pretty good for internal teams managing private catalogs.  

    Azure: Killing It

    Microsoft has announced a trio of new industry clouds. We think other providers will follow very soon.   
    Microsoft to establish the first datacenter region in Indonesia as part of Berdayakan Ekonomi Digital Indonesia initiative. Justin apologizes for butchering the name of that initiative.    
    Azure is killing off a bunch of its products. No, the dates aren’t wrong — 2024 is a leap year:

    Action required: Switch to Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 by 29 February 2024
    We are retiring Classic Azure Migrate on 29 February 2024
    Azure Stack Edge Pro FPGA is retiring on 29 February 2024
    Update the Azure Cosmos DB Java SDK by 29 February 2024  
    Azure Batch rendering VM images & licensing will be retired on 29 February 2024
    We’re retiring the standard version of Custom Voice on 29 February 2024
    We are retiring Azure Cognitive Services Text Analytics v2.x on 29 February 2024
    Please upgrade your Azure AD Connect sync to a newer version by 29 February 2024
    Azure Batch Transcription and Customization Rest API v2 will be retired by 29 February 2024
    Azure Application Gateway analytics will be retired on 29 February 2024
    Update your scripts to use Az PowerShell modules by 29 February 2024
    Update your Azure Media Services REST API and SDKs to v3 by 29 February 2024
    We’re retiring Azure Network Watcher Connection Monitor (classic) on 29 February 2024
    Jenkins plug-ins for Azure are being retired on 29 February 2024
    AKS legacy Azure AD integration will be retired on 29 February 2024
    We’re retiring Classic Application Insights on 29 February 2024
    We’re retiring Network Performance Monitor on 29 February 2024
    Azure Batch ‘CloudServiceConfiguration’ pools will be retired on 29 February 2024   



    Azure Ignite: Don’t Get Excited

    Innovate across hybrid and multi cloud with new Azure Arc capabilities. Bit of an anti-climax. 
    Azure releases several new capabilities for Azure Data and AI. A mixed b

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