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(Last Updated On: January 22, 2021)

Elastic, an open-source software maker will be making it a lot harder for AWS as the company is shifting towards source code from the Apache 2.0-license to the Server Side Public License (SSPL) and the Elastic License.

The company is known for its open-source search and analytic engine Elasticsearch as well as its data visualisation dashboard Kibana, which has been used by Netflix, LinkedIn, Walmart in the cloud, along with many other such companies.

Shay Banon, Elastic CEO elaborated that, bigger companies will be affected by these changes, but most users will not be affected:

“This change in source code licensing has no impact on the overwhelming majority of our user community who use our default distribution for free. It also has no impact on our cloud customers or self-managed software customers.”

Rather than having contracts with Elastic, a lot of bigger companies will be making use of Amazon Elasticsearch Service which will be used for analytics and application integration.

Many other companies also provide Elasticsearch as the analytics engine, such as Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. Although, Microsoft and Google have a business partnership with the company while AWS does not.

Banon wrote in a blog that Elastic will be making changes to how it licenses its source code to stop AWS from providing its products as a service and said:

“They have been doing things that we think are just NOT OK since 2015 and it has only gotten worse. If we don’t stand up to them now, as a successful company and leader in the market, who will? Our license change is aimed at preventing companies from taking our Elasticsearch and Kibana products and providing them directly as a service without collaborating with us.”

If cloud providers wish to provide Elasticsearch services under the SSPL, they will be required to accept to open source their hosting cloud’s infrastructure. Although a majority of AWS software is open source, Amazon is very likely to not open source all a majority of it.

These licencing changes might increase the prices for a lot of users of Elasticsearch and Kibana.


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