Instaclustr just launched its Open Source-as-a-Service platform and its need is consistent with what I have heard in conducting interviews about artificial intelligence, machine learning, application development, and databases that can scale: Companies are looking to open source solutions more frequently due to the breadth of solutions available, their specific use cases, cost savings, and the community of support given the knowledge and experience gap in IT.
The platform offers customers across industries, from startups to the enterprise, and on fully hosted and securely managed Apache Cassandra, Apache Spark, Elasticsearch, Kibana, Lucene, and Zeppelin. Each is delivered to customers in its 100% open-source form, with no vendor or technical lock-in.
Instaclustr delivers managed open-source solutions, operating an automated, proven management environment to provide reliability at scale by dedicating itself to deploying only 100% open-source technologies. In an industry where providers will deliver open-source solutions repackaged into proprietary versions that promote vendor lock-in, Instaclustr is ensuring that every solution it provides will always consist of fully portable open-source code.
In proprietary lock-in situations, businesses find themselves held prisoner to price increases, have no ability to run the solutions themselves or modify code to fit specific cases, and face slower resolution of bugs and other issues.
The new platform puts organizations in control and helps to reduce the risk of an investment in open-source technologies. Customers are empowered to use and customize its managed open source solutions while also providing the support and expertise required for businesses to fully focus on building their applications. This also means customers receive all the benefits of true open source technology, including the ability to leverage the communities of developers and companies that use the exact same open source code base, and provide assurance and improvements much more rapidly than with proprietary products. At the same time, Instaclustr manages version control and patches to ensure that customers are always running the latest and most stable builds of open source solutions.
The Open Source-as-a-Service platform provides database, analytics, search, and messaging technologies recognized for their ability to deliver scalability, reliability, and performance. Each solution is backed by a 100% uptime guarantee, and features expert support available 24/7. The Open Source-as-a-Service platform includes:
Apache Cassandra: Hosted and fully managed Apache Cassandra on AWS, Azure, GCP, and Softlayer. Features a continuous availability architecture that is failure-resistant by design, as well as the ability to scale easily and address workload increases in minutes not hours.
Apache Spark: A cluster-computing framework that processes data in-memory, designed to deliver speed and performance.
Elasticsearch with Elassandra: A fast, powerful indexing and querying capability leveraging Cassandra’s resilient and distributed architecture.
Kibana: A powerful user interface offering developers the capabilities to explore, analyze, and visualize data via search.
Lucene: A high-performance, multi-featured text search engine designed for applications that require full-text search.
Zeppelin: A web-based notebook providing powerful interactive data analytics.
“The development of our Open Source-as-a-Service platform is the natural progression of Instaclustr,” says Peter Nichol, CEO, Instaclustr. “We’ve always maintained a commitment to empowering customers, providing much-needed hosting and management solutions that keep customers in control of their own destinies and their own core technology. With this release, we’re proud to formalize our commitment to 100% open source-only solutions. We have made it easier than ever to benefit from these powerful technologies delivered as a service, and without any of the strings attached found with proprietary solutions or commercial start-ups baking a single open source project.”
James Amos, Senior Managing Consultant, Digital Strategy and Interactive, IBM, says:
“The open-source technologies that we rely on have proven tremendously advantageous time and time again, allowing us to concentrate internal resources on product development and other business needs. Instaclustr’s principles in providing services and solutions with complete transparency have yielded us all the pluses of open source, with no downtime, lock-in, or surprises.”