Instaclustr Launches Open Source Platform as a Service

Mike Vizard

While the total cost of acquiring open source software can’t be beat, the cost of implementing and managing open source software can be prohibitively expensive. Because of that issue, many organizations rely on a third-party IT organization to implement and manage open source software on their behalf. Instaclustr is taking that concept to the next logical level by unfurling today an Instaclustr Open Source-as-a-Service Platform.

Instaclustr CEO Peter Nichol says Instaclustr Open Source-as-a-Service Platform builds on the company’s expertise in managing deployments of the open source Cassandra database on behalf of customers. The Instaclustr Open Source-as-a-Service Platform additionally allows open source software such as Apache Cassandra, Apache Spark, Elasticsearch, Kibana, Lucene, and Zeppelin to be deployed on a public cloud region nearest the organization employing it, while being remotely managed by Instaclustr via an operations center hosted in Australia, says Nichol.

“Our approach lets customers focus more on applications,” says Nichol.

A lot of IT organizations have adopted an open source first approach to enterprise software. But as they move to adopt more open source software, many of them are challenged to attain the skills required to implement and manage that software. Increasingly, it makes sense for many of those organizations to rely on a third-party service provider. Instaclustr is simply aggregating several open source software services in a way that makes it feasible for an IT organization to rely on a single managed service provider (MSP) to deliver those capabilities.

MSPs, of course, have been around for decades. But as organizations increasingly confront an ongoing skills shortage, the percentage of organizations relying in part on MSPs should start to substantially increase. In fact, it’s arguable that in many cases it may turn out that it was the embrace of open source software that winds up being the catalyst for relying more on a MSP.


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