The love and the lament: Percona CEO details state of open source data
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The love and the lament: Percona CEO details state of open source data

Open source has changed, obviously it has. Starting from its origins among the hobbyist programmers and hackers who dared to defy the proprietary Silicon Valley behemoths, the open community-centric model for software development has now been widely adopted by the commercial software sector.

In many cases, open source has become the norm for modern platforms, tools and applications. But how has this affected the nature of open development and what impact has this shift left in its wake on the data landscape that we view today?

One man who has seen the open-proprietary transition play out in front of him is CEO of database management and monitoring services company, Peter Zaitsev. Now based in North Carolina's tech triangle, Russian-born Zaitsev used his company's most recent conference keynote not to talk about his firm's products, but to comment on a few seminal moments of market formation in the open source data arena.

Getting the open religion

Pointing to some of the bigger acquisitions the open source space has seen in recent years, Zaitsev noted the acquisition of Red Hat by IBM, the Salesforce acquisition of Mulesoft, the now decade-long epic tale of Oracle buying Sun Microsystems for the Java platform and the moment that Microsoft decided that it ‘loves' Linux, when the firm had previously referred to it as a cancer, in no uncertain terms.

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Adrian Bridgwater

Adrian is a technology journalist with over two decades of press experience. His primary focus is dedicated to examining software application development issues. He also has a special interest in open source, data analytics and data intelligence, cloud computing, mobile devices and data management. He has worked across print media, newspapers and television.

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