The CTO of $4.4 billion MongoDB explains why he’s ‘not terribly worried’ that Amazon’s cloud is encroaching on its turf with a new database (AMZN, MDB)


Eliot Horowitz

On Wednesday, Amazon Web Serivces announced DocumentDB — a new document database service that’s compatible with MongoDB, a popular open source database.
In October, MongoDB — the $4.4 billion company behind the database of the same name — took defensive moves against larger cloud platforms taking and selling its software for profit without giving back.
AWS, in particular, has a reputation for profiting off of free software from smaller companies, while contributing little code to the companies.
“More than anything, it shows how much developers love the MongoDB API and DB and how desperate Amazon was to have something in this case,” Eliot Horowitz, CTO and Co-Founder of MongoDB, told Business Insider.

On Wednesday, Amazon Web Services announced a new document database service, based on technology from $4.4 billion open source software company MongoDB — confirming previous reports that such a product was in the works.

This new service, DocumentDB, fully supports MongoDB workloads, and customers can use MongoDB tools to run their work on Amazon’s cloud. Customers can also migrate their MongoDB databases to DocumentDB, where they’ll pay only for the capacity they use, Amazon says.

Notably, this comes just months after MongoDB announced a new license to push back on cloud providers taking its trademark open source database software and using it to turn a profit. Amazon Web Services, in particular, has a reputation for selling free software from other smaller companies as a service, while contributing little code back to the open source community that makes it all possible.

But Eliot Horowitz, CTO and co-founder of MongoDB, tells Business Insider that he’s not worried about this particular move from Amazon.

“While there has been some buzz, this is not something we’re super surprised about or terribly worried about,” Horowitz told Business Insider. “More than anything, it shows how much developers love the MongoDB API and DB and how desperate Amazon was to have something in this case.”

Why MongoDB isn’t worried

First off, Horowitz notes, Amazon DocumentDB is actually built to integrate with MongoDB 3.6 — a two-year-old version of the software. That’s because in October, MongoDB announced a new license, called the Server Side Public License (SSPL), in response to Chinese tech giants like Baidu, Tencent, and Alibaba repackaging and selling its free software.

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Basically, the SSPL says that if a company wants to sell MongoDB’s software, it has two options: It either has to release any new MongoDB-based software that it develops as free open source. Or, it has to pay MongoDB for a commercial license, at which point it can do whatever it wants.

Because of this license, Amazon Web Services can’t use the source code from the most recent versions of MongoDB, which were built after the SSPL went into effect, for free. This means that Amazon chose to build most of DatabaseDB from scratch rather than basing it on …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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