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Google has announced to collaborate with a number of major open source data management and analytics companies, to integrate their products into the Google Cloud Platform and offer them as managed services. These are Confluent, DataStax, Elastic, InfluxData, MongoDB, Neo4j and Redis Labs.

According to Google, the idea is to provide users with a seamless experience, as well as the ability to easily deploy open source technologies in Google’s cloud.

“Open source is an essential part of the public cloud. It is the foundation of IT infrastructures worldwide and part of Google’s vision since its inception,” said Chris DiBona, director of Open Source at the tech giant. “With the collaborations we’re announcing today, we want to take this to an even higher level.”

The services of the companies are deeply integrated in Google’s Cloud Console. They are then managed services, where Google Cloud handles the sending of invoices. The accounts count towards the spending obligation of a Google Cloud user. Support is also provided by Google, allowing users to use a single service to manage all of these services.


However, according to TechCrunch, Google also aims to show the contrast between their open source approach and the strategy of Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS has a reputation for getting the best open source projects, forging them and bringing them under its own brand. Often this is done without giving back to the original project. Although there are signs that Amazon is changing this, several companies have recently modified their licenses to prevent this from happening.

These companies include Confluent, Elastic, MongoDB, Neo4j and Redis Labs, which have now started working with Google. It is unclear how and whether the money generated by the cooperation will be distributed.

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