Aaron and Brian review the first half of 2020, which feels like it’s lasted 6 years.
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Topic 1 - Back on March 18th, Aaron and Ken Hui did a show about “Working from Home Tips and Tricks”. Can you even remember your mindset back in March?
Zoom becomes a verb
Topic 1a - Is 2020 the Year of Virtual Desktops? Have you seen any last shifts happening about people being remote? [are companies going to allow people to work remote?]
Topic 2 - We’re starting to see the major clouds start to carve out some unique personalities:
AWS - Goes over $10B for the quarter, not a lot of big announcements
- Azure - Lots of interesting growth around GitHub; pushing Teams hard with COVID; but had some scaling issues with COVID - also has made several acquisitions
- Google - Getting very sales focused (CEO Kurian); pushing Anthos into other clouds (AWS now, Azure soon)
Oracle - Are they becoming the low-cost bandwidth cloud?
Topic 3 - Should anybody be running their own software anymore?
MongoDB, Confluent, Datastax, Hashicorp, Red Hat, VMware (and many more) now have managed cloud-based versions of their core software.
Topic 4 - 2001 Internet Crash drove a ton of new innovation. 2008 Financial Crash led to the public cloud, but also lots of “cost savings” innovation. What does 2020 potentially bring?
Topic 5 - We have to talk about conferences and tradeshows. Do they return in 2021? What have we learned from the virtual ones in 2020?
Topic 6 - Any insights / predictions about the rest of 2020?
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