AWS, MongoDB, and the Economic Realities of Open Source

food for thought from Ben Thompson at Stratechery on heels of Mike Volpi's OSS is going to take over the world article in Techcrunch - key question will product differentiation be enough - "Worse, because AWS doesn’t have access to MongoDB (it is only matching the API) it only supports MongoDB 3.6; the current version is 4.0.5. It is possible that if AWS’ service becomes popular that MongoDB will effectively stagnate: sure, you can get a better version from MongoDB Inc., but then you have to manage it yourself or go the effort to tie in all of your AWS services with MongoDB’s offering (then again, the potential for differentiation may be MongoDB’s salvation, and an important lesson for other companies)."


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