A mighty albeit abstruse debate rages: whether commercial open source companies can withstand and/or deserve to withstand the immense and feature-crushing gravitational pull of the public cloud black holes. While others far more versed (or at least self-interested) in the metaphysical intersection of open source ideals and cold, hard economics furiously deliberate the stakeholders’ putative rights and obligations, I thought it would be fun to look at it through the CAPEX lens (which some might say resembles a hammer in my hands).
In particular, Elastic and MongoDB offer managed services based on their software. As they are publicly traded, they report their CAPEX investments. Lets compare their investments to the hyper-scale public clouds (AWS, Google and Microsoft):
Here’s the chart on a log scale if you’re on a vertically challenged screen:
Note: this is all up CAPEX for the public cloud companies, not just their cloud infrastructure. But this is true for the COSS companies too .