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Technology Short Take 101

Welcome to Technology Short Take #101! I have (hopefully) crafted an interesting and varied collection of links for you today, spanning all the major areas of modern data center technology. Now you have some reading material for this weekend!



  • AWS adds local NVMe storage to the M5 instance family; more details here. What I found interesting is that the local NVMe storage is also hardware encrypted. AWS also mentions that these M5d instances are powered by (in their words) “Custom Intel Xeon Platinum” processors, which just goes to confirm the long-known fact that AWS is leveraging custom Intel CPUs in their stuff (as are all the major cloud providers, I’m sure).


Cloud Computing/Cloud Management

Operating Systems/Applications

  • Speaking of EKS, here’s a new command-line interface for EKS, courtesy of Weaveworks.
  • Along with the GA of EKS, HashiCorp has a release of the Terraform AWS provider that has EKS support. More details are available here.
  • Google recently announced kustomize, a tool that provides a new approach to customizing Kubernetes object configuration.
  • Following after a recent post involving parsing AWS instance data with jq, a Twitter follower pointed out jid (the JSON incremental digger). Handy tool!
  • I’m seeing a fair amount of attention on podman, a tool primarily backed by Red Hat that aims to replace Docker as the client-side tool of choice. The latest was this post. Anyone else spent any quality time with this tool and have some feedback?
  • Nick Janetakis has a collection of quick “Docker tips” that you may find useful; the latest one shows how to see all your container’s environment variables.


  • This is an interesting announcement from a few weeks ago that I missed—Dell EMC will offer Isilon on Google Cloud Platform. See Chris Evans’ article here. (I’ll leave the analysis and pontificating to Chris, who’s much better at it than I am.)


Career/Soft Skills

  • I found this two-part series (part 1, part 2) on understanding how to process information to help you get organized to be an interesting (and quick) read. It’s been my experience that improving your skills at being organized often reaps benefits in other areas.

OK, that’s all this time around. I hope you found something useful in this post. As always, your feedback is welcome; feel free to hit me up on Twitter.

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