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EraDB today launched EraSearch to provide IT teams with an alternative to open source ElasticSearch software for managing logs at scale.
Todd Persen, EraDB’s CEO, said EraSearch is based on a modern database that decouples storage and compute. In this way, EraSearch can scale more efficiently than ElasticSearch, while providing IT teams with the same familiar construct for managing logs.
Persen said EraDB also uses true zero-schema data representation, and an indexing engine based on machine learning algorithms, to enable EraSearch to scale better. This approach also cuts cloud and operational costs by as much as 30% and 70%, respectively, by relying, in part, on object-based storage systems to store log data.
As IT environments become more complex and continue to scale, organizations that standardized on ElasticSearch are discovering that a platform based on decades-old search engine technology is not keeping pace with their needs.
EraSearch provides an alternative, based on a commercial time-series database platform that EraDB created, to address such use cases as an alternative to database platforms such as InfluxDB.
The question is whether IT organizations, that have relied on ElasticSearch for years, are ready to abandon an open source platform in favor of a proprietary platform, even if it provides a similar user experience. EraDB, however, is betting there are enough IT organizations willing to make that shift to justify its investment in EraSearch.
Persen said one issue with ElasticSearch is that, as log volumes increase beyond a few terabytes, the platform becomes inefficient and difficult to efficiently scale. That leads to higher costs in terms of both raw storage, as well as all the manual effort on the part of software engineers, required to maintain the platform.
EraDB, of course, is making a classic case for a proprietary platform over an open source platform: that open source, while free, often proves more expensive to support. Persen said EraDB decided to eschew the open source model altogether, because it is too difficult to prevent nullification of the benefits open source could bring to a small company by open source project forks.
The ElasticSearch community, meanwhile, is roiled by Elastic’s decision to change the licensing terms under which it makes ElasticSearch available. Elastic is shifting away from an Apache license to a dual-license strategy that includes a Server-Side Public License, or SSPL, along with an Elastic License. That shift was made to help ensure more of the revenue generated by Elastic search winds up in the hands of Elastic, rather than cloud service providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), that routinely launch paid services based on open source code. AWS responded to the Elastic move by announcing plans to fork ElasticSearch code that it will now curate.
Regardless of how that battle ends, however, EraDB is making it clear it views its platforms as too critical to its customers’ IT operations to get caught up in a similar maelstrom over business models and associated licensing terms.