📝AWS can launch your Software as a Service before you do

Commercial Open-Source Software
  • One of the dangers for Commercial OSS companies wanting to offer their product as a service is that AWS could do that earlier

    • They have quite a big advantage being a huge company, and you loose first move advantage.
  • This is what happened with Elasticsearch—while they were focusing on developing the software and wanted to build an Elasticsearch Cloud, AWS offered Elasticsearch as a Service first.
  • How to overcome (?)

    • Launch it first (e.g., Sentry, GitLab)
    • Form agreements with could providers (Azure, Google Cloud, AWS) to help them integrate and share profits

      • Grafana way—not sure how it worked out
    • Use restrictive licenses—but that undermines Open Source


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