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Google Cloud's Open Source Partnership Program: 5 Things To Know

Google Cloud has introduced a partnership program that will make other developers of popular open source technologies first-class citizens in its cloud ecosystem.

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A Collaborative Approach

Google's strategy for delivering open source solutions is to form mutually beneficial partnerships, said Manvinder Singh, Google's head of infrastructure partnerships.

"Unlike other cloud providers, we are working collaboratively to bring partners into the market, as opposed to taking their technology and offering it as our own service," Singh said.

That's not just a fuzzy, theoretical distinction to many ISVs—especially not for two of the seven vendors that have joined Google's new program.

Just a few weeks ago, top cloud provider Amazon Web Services introduced its own "flavor" of search solution Elasticsearch, creating its own code library and damaging the prospects of Elastic, the ISV that maintains that open source project.

Earlier this year, AWS did something similar with MongoDB after a licensing dispute.

Both companies only recently went public, and both took hits to their stock.

Those kinds of moves have created a lot of tension between open source vendors who make big investments in building out their platforms and cloud providers, said Evan Kaplan, CEO of InfluxData.

"To have cloud providers just take them, host them, and dominate the space around them, it really cuts off the growth of these companies," Kaplan said.

"There's a big debate about how to protect your intellectual property from Amazon. The same debate doesn't exist around Google," he added.

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