Redis Labs goes Google Cloud, Graph, and other interesting places

Redis Labs goes Google Cloud, Graph, and other interesting places

Redis becomes available on Google Cloud Platform today, and we take the opportunity to explore its graph-shaped future, its community, and its licensing issues.

Redis may be ubiquitous as a persistent caching tier, but Redis Labs, the company behind it, wants you to think about it as an operational database that is extensible. This is quite true, and it’s the way fellow ZDNet contributor Tony Baer opened his deep dive on Redis a few months back.

Besides the technical aspects, which Baer analyzed in detail, Redis Labs is in the spotlight for other reasons, too. Redis Labs were among the first open-source vendors to diversify their license from the “traditional” open-source licenses that the Open Source Initiative officially recognizes as open source.

The move came as an effort to prevent cloud vendors, primarily AWS, from being able to offer managed versions of open-source software other vendors produce as a managed service in their cloud. Besides controversy and confusion, this has also caused some interesting side-effects.

In an unexpected, but reasonable move, Google announced in April 2019 a series of strategic partnerships with seven leading open source-centric vendors in the area of data management and analytics. Redis Labs was among those seven open-source vendors included in Google Cloud’s partnership program, and today this becomes a reality.

The partnership offers fully managed services running on Google Cloud, a single user interface to manage apps, and unified billing — one invoice from Google Cloud that includes the partner’s service. What this means is that the services will be fully integrated in Google Cloud, users will pay one bill, and vendors will get a cut of the profits from Google.

“Offering Redis Enterprise Cloud through Google Cloud Marketplace is an exciting milestone towards our shared goal of offering a simplified and streamlined experience for building and running modern high-performance applications,” said Rod Hamlin, vice president of Global Alliances and Strategic Partnerships at Redis Labs.

“The combination of Redis Enterprise Cloud and Google Cloud enables developers to do what they do best-build innovative software at scale with the tools they love,” he went on to add. Manvinder Singh, director of partnerships at Google Cloud, also welcomed this:

“We’re delighted to continue our close collaboration with Redis Labs on open-core, customer-centric innovation. Redis Enterprise on Google Cloud has a number of benefits for customers, including high availability, ease-of-deployment, and now simple and integrated billing via Google Cloud Marketplace.”

This presented an opportunity to catch up with Redis Labs, and discuss what their future plans are. Much of the discussion with Kyle Davis, Redis Labs Head of Developer Advocacy, was deeply technical. To avoid duplication, you can read about the underpinnings of the Redis module-based architecture in Baer’s piece.

We chose to focus on an up-and-coming aspect of modern data management systems that we have covered extensively: graph capabilities. As Davis explained, everything in Redis is built as a module. In Redis, entire solutions are built as data types, and graph is no exception.

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