Amazon adopts open source as competition increases

Amazon has declared the adoption of the open-source technology ‘Kubernetes’ as the competition in the cloud business increases.

The technology, formulated originally by a Google team, has received support from several enterprises including Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM. It is said to have many advantages including the faculty to process an application on any public cloud including Azure and Google Cloud Platform. This makes it easy for Kubernetes to migrate from one cloud vendor to another.

At re:Invent, Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) annual conference, the company’s CEO Andy Jassy made the Kubernetes announcement.

According to information shared by analysts, Amazon previously offered a service the same as Kubernetes but the Google technology established itself as the standard for such “container” technologies and AWS was left with no other option but offer its support for the open-source technology.

Commenting on the AWS situation, Joe Beda, one of the developers of Kubernetes and the CTO of Heptio, said: “This is an example of AWS looking outside of their own world in response to customer need.”

In the year 2006, AWS pioneered the cloud computing business with a service that is considered to be a fast and simple method to get affordable yet high-powered computing services for smaller business. The business not only attracted smaller business, but large enterprises too.

However, changes emerged in the market. Along with AWS, two of its rivals also gained share in the cloud infrastructure market worldwide according to market research firm IDC.

While AWS’ share rose to 45.4% in H1/2017, compared to 43.8% in H1/2015, rival Google Cloud’s share increased to 3.1% in 2017 from 1.7% in 2015. The most significant increase was noted in the share of Microsoft Azure, where an increase to 10.3% was observed in 2017 from 5.6% in 2015.

Amit Agarwal, chief product officer of Datadog, said, “Amazon is still the clear market leader, but the cloud infrastructure market is massive and there’s room for many players.”

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