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Why some vendors are moving away from open source database software licensing

Tuesday Dec 3rd 2019

While open source is a key to success for many database vendors, it can also potentially lead to a competitive threat from a cloud scale provider.

Many database vendors have long used an open core model, in which the foundational model is an open source licensed code base, with added enterprise-grade features for reporting, scalability and management available under a proprietary license.

However, some database vendors, including MongoDB, Redis, Confluent and CockroachDB among others, no longer use OSI-approved open source database software licenses for their core projects and instead have resorted to creating their own licenses.

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