Everyone's Racing To Replace Redis - Who Will Win?

Not strictly AI related, but thought this was very interesting in relation to business models in Open Source.

The video discusses the shift in licensing of Redis and the consequent race among various alternatives to fill the gap left by Redis in the open-source community. The Linux Foundation’s Valky project, a fork of Redis under the BSD license, is gaining industry support and may emerge as a credible alternative to Redis amidst concerns about licensing changes and the impact on the open-source ecosystem.

The video discusses the recent changes in the licensing of Redis, moving away from traditional open source to a source-available model. This decision has sparked a race among various alternatives to fill the gap left by Redis in the open-source community. The Linux Foundation announced the Valky project, a fork of Redis under the BSD license, to continue development from the last open-source version of Redis. Additionally, companies like AWS, Google, and Snapchat are supporting Valky, signaling a significant shift away from Redis Inc.

Other forks like KDB, created by Snap Inc., also offer alternatives to Redis. However, KDB lacks some features found in Redis 7, prompting the Linux Foundation to step in with Valky as a potential de facto replacement for Redis. The move away from Redis has led Linux distributions like Fedora and OpenSUSE to consider replacing Redis with Valky, indicating a shift towards adopting the new alternative.

The video highlights concerns about the impact of the licensing change on the open-source ecosystem, with developers and Linux distributions needing to find suitable replacements for Redis. The possibility of Valky gaining traction as a credible alternative is emphasized, especially with widespread community and industry support. The video also discusses Microsoft’s Garnet project, a Redis alternative, as well as other forks like Open Tofu and Codg.

The author raises concerns about potential challenges with newer forks and the licensing compatibility of alternatives like Valky and KDB. However, the general sentiment is that Valky is likely to emerge as a credible alternative to Redis, with the hope that the swift fork with widespread support will provide a smooth transition for vendors who have moved away from open source solutions. Overall, the race to replace Redis is intensifying, with multiple alternatives vying for prominence in the open-source community.

@artesia, can you summarise what the video discussed about Mongo DB?

@merefield, the detailed discussion from the transcript provided does not specifically focus on MongoDB but rather centers on Redis and its alternatives within the context of licensing changes and the search for viable open-source replacements. MongoDB is mentioned briefly in a wider discussion about open-source licensing models and how some companies, including MongoDB, have shifted away from purely open-source licenses to source-available models. This is part of a broader narrative on how the open-source community and companies respond to the challenges posed by cloud services and the monetization of open-source projects. The video and the detailed transcript primarily emphasize the situation with Redis and the emergence of Valky as a potential successor in the open-source space.

but what did it say about Mongo DB’s marketing spend and how does that compare to its profits?

The discussion highlighted MongoDB’s significant financial figures, particularly focusing on its marketing spending compared to its overall profits. It was mentioned that MongoDB spends a substantial amount on sales and marketing, nearly $782 million annually. This is notable because it represents a considerable portion of its total revenue, with MongoDB needing to invest heavily in sales and marketing efforts to attract customers. This is partly due to the loss of free marketing and community support that often comes with open-source projects, as MongoDB has moved away from a purely open-source model.

In comparison, MongoDB’s total revenue was cited as $1.68 billion in the last financial year, with a 30% increase in revenue from its Atlas database service. Despite the high sales and marketing expenditure, MongoDB has managed to grow its customer base and revenue. However, the discussion raises questions about the sustainability of this growth model, especially considering the high costs of acquiring and retaining customers versus the profits generated.

This situation with MongoDB serves as a context within the broader discussion about Redis and other open-source projects, illustrating the financial and strategic challenges tech companies face when transitioning from open-source to source-available models or when navigating the competitive landscape of cloud services and database technologies.