2020 trends: open source yes, but it’s not free

By 2022, more than 70% of new applications will be developed in-house from an open source database, and 50% of proprietary relational databases will have been converted or are in the process of being converted to open source.

In other words, open source is gaining ground. Several factors justify its success: a low barrier to entry, a community, innovation and interoperability. But the fact that open source has become a new standard in the world of enterprise software also has side effects. To put it simply: AWS is devouring open source software.

At the request of its customers, AWS has added to its arsenal all the best open source as-a-service integrated databases in recent years. This is a rather complex issue, tackled for the first time in May 2019. The debate around this question seems to be intensifying today.

Business models focused on shared resources

In reality, this concerns much more than databases and suppliers. They are in fact business models focused on shared resources, on the equitable contribution and the reward of these shared resources. Open source software is free but not completely free. Someone has to build the software, and then others have to maintain, run, and manage it.

In a way, it comes down to what everyone is able to give and take, and how it should be taken into account. It is clear that the subject is much broader than what we could approach here, and a more detailed article clarifying the exchanges and the reflections on this subject would be welcome. In the meantime, let’s remember another example of a shared and “free” resource: the web.

A large part of the problems posed today by the web and the monopolies attached to it stem from the inability to set up a viable economic model. In the absence of a clearly defined model, Google and Facebook around the world have rushed to fill the void by setting up advertising-based empires. It would not be wise to make the same mistake twice, and it deserves to be a top priority for years to come.

This article is part of our dossier on the 5 technologies of the future decade. To go further, read also:



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