The Open Source Database Business Model is Under Siege
The traditional open source infrastructure business model relied on the backing company providing either support and professional services or closed source tools to provide additional functionality like production tooling, enhanced security and monitoring. For a time this model was good and it worked. However, since the larger cloud vendors like AWS, Azure, and Google have started offering database as a service, those models are falling apart for any company based on building open source infrastructure. In this talk I'll explore what models we've seen before, what might work in the future and talk about the first principals about why developers want their database software and infrastructure to be open source.
Paul Dix is cofounder and CTO of InfluxData, the company behind InfluxDB, the open source time series database. He has helped build software for startups, large companies and organizations like Microsoft, Google, McAfee, Thomson Reuters, and Air Force Space Command. He is the series editor for Addison Wesley's Data & Analytics book and video series. In 2010 Paul wrote the book Service Oriented Design with Ruby and Rails for Addison Wesley's Professional Ruby series. In 2009 he started the NYC Machine Learning Meetup, which has over 9,000 members. Paul holds a degree in computer science from Columbia University.