Percona LiveAs Open Source continues to grow its share of the software market, there are increasing questions being asked about the state of licensing. At Percona Live in Amsterdam, CEO Peter Zaitsev opened his keynote and talked about what is happening in this space. Enterprise Times caught up with him to ask a few more questions about the subject.

Zaitsev makes the point that “open source is a licensing model not a business model.” This goes back to the roots of open source where it was about freedom to use software. But things are changing. Open source companies are being sold for billions of dollars and VC’s are now investing millions in the expectation of a positive financial gain.

Peter Zaitsev, co-founder, and CEO of Percona
Peter Zaitsev, co-founder, and CEO of Percona

This has led to a lot of different views on what open source is. Zaitsev said: “What worries me in this case is desire of some players to redefine what open source means.” Zaitsev is not advocating that all software should be open source or even free. He sees the future as being a mix of different business approaches.

At the end of his presentation on stage, Zaitsev threw up a slide and said that Persona was working on its own Autonomous Database. Having heard Larry Ellison at Oracle OpenWorld tell everyone that they would never have a database breach if they used Oracle Autonomous Database, ET asked Zaitsev if he would make the same claims about Percona’s forthcoming product.

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