Some commercial open-source software companies are changing their licensing to prevent Amazon’s cloud unit, Amazon Web Services, from using parts of their code in its own commercial services, according to this report from OneZero. The licensing changes are generating fierce debate in the open-source community and highlighting the enormous power AWS wields as a computing platform for a sizeable chunk of the tech industry.
Cloud database company MongoDB and streaming data analytics company Confluent have both seen AWS use open-source components to launch competing services, as we reported last November. In March, AWS launched an open-source-based search service that competes with Elastic, a high-flying startup whose shares doubled in its IPO last October.
One question is whether Google and Microsoft, which are both positioning themselves as friendlier cloud alternatives for commercial open-source companies, will be able to turn the angst into additional business.