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Google Responds To Critics By Open Sourcing Google Cloud Platform

April 11, 2019 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “Google Responds To Critics By Open Sourcing Google Cloud Platform”

When Google fully released Anthos and priced it at $10,000/month per 100 vCPU block, developers weren’t exactly brimming with joy. Many questioned the direction of Google Cloud’s CEO Thomas Kurian in light of the fact that he mentioned wanting to use Oracle and Amazon’s playbook; AWS has notoriously abused open source principles. In recent times, however, Google has actively taken part in the development of Go, Kubernets, Tenserflow, Firebase and many more projects. So, perhaps to reinforce Google’s image as a supporter of open source,  Google Cloud  has announced that they would be extending their cloud support to even more open source projects.

Here’s a statement put out by their PR team:

We’ve always seen our friends in the open-source community as equal collaborators, and not simply a resource to be mined. With that in mind, we’ll be offering managed services operated by these partners that are tightly integrated into Google Cloud Platform (GCP), providing a seamless user experience across management, billing and support. This makes it easier for our enterprise customers to build on open-source technologies, and it delivers on our commitment to continually support and grow these open-source communities.

These following projects will be given Google Cloud’s support:

  • Confluent
  • DataStax
  • Elastic
  • InfluxData
  • MongoDB
  • Neo4j
  • Redis Labs

By supporting these database projects, Google Cloud hopes to benefit the vast  number of apps that depend on the open source technologies listed above. According to Google, the benefits include:

  • Fully managed services running in the cloud, with best efforts made to optimize performance and latency between the service and application.
  • A single user interface to manage apps, which includes the ability to provision and manage the service from the Google Cloud Console.
  • Unified billing, so you get one invoice from Google Cloud that includes the partner’s service.
  • Google Cloud support for the majority of these partners, so you can manage and log support tickets in a single window and not have to deal with different providers.

 

Only time will tell if Google maintains its promise to create an open partnership with open source communities. What we can takeaway however is that even notoriously private companies like Microsoft have seen the need to join open source. Skepticism aside, more support can’t hurt.

 

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