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Open Distro for Elasticsearch is Amazon's move to show it's pro-open source
Amazon Web Services (AWS) just launched Open Distro for Elasticsearch. This program takes AWS's recent proprietary additions to Elasticsearch and open sources them under the Apache 2.0 license. That sounds good. Shay Banon, co-founder of Elasticsearch and CEO of Elastic, its parent company, sees Amazon as forking and redistributing rebundled Elasticsearch for its own purposes: "From various vendors, to large Chinese entities, to now, Amazon. There was always a 'reason,' at times masked with fake altruism or benevolence" for "open-sourcing" their own Elasticsearch forks.AWS claims this isn't so. "AWS. Open Distro for Elasticsearch leverages the open source code for Elasticsearch and Kibana. This is not a fork; we will continue to send our contributions and patches upstream to advance these projects," wrote Jeff Barr, AWS Chief Evangelist. AWS VP of Cloud Architecture Strategy Adrian Cockcroft claimed: "When AWS launches a service based on an open-source project, we are making a long-term commitment to support our customers. We contribute bug fixes, security, scalability, performance, and feature enhancements back to the community. For example, we have been a significant contributor to Apache Lucene, which powers Amazon Elasticsearch Service.
STEVEN J. VAUGHAN-NICHOLS
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