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If there’s one thing we learned this week — if you don’t like what you’re paying for cloud, don’t worry, it’ll change. Maybe even today. This week saw a flurry of price reductions kicked off by Google(s goog) on Tuesday and trumped by Amazon(s amzn) within 24 hours. At Google Cloud Platform Live, SVP Urs Hölzle announced a sustained usage discount model for Google Compute that impressed even die-hard AWS fans weary of managing their AWS Reserved Instances.
Our guest this week is Ben Whaley is one of those AWS lovers. He’s director of infrastructure at Anki, the company behind cool AI-driven robot cars, and he idea of sustained use discounts because they ease the headache of tracking and managing Reserved Instances to get the most bang for your buck. In his view, AWS needs to simplify such things, but then again, Google has miles to go before it can match the breadth and depth of all those AWS services.
We also learned that even the wizards of infrastructure screw up. Google’s live stream from the conference fell down for at least 10 minutes and wi-fi at the AWS Summit was a disaster.
It’s an action-packed show, so listen up!
Hosts: Barb Darrow and Derrick Harris