"Recently the open-source community has found that cloud providers are not partnering with them, but attempting to take away their ability to monetize open source," Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian said at a developer conference on Tuesday. "We as Google do not believe that that is good for customers, for the developer community or for software innovation."
Kurian, who took the helm of Google's cloud division in November, is starting a new initiative to partner with companies like Elastic and MongoDB, which have built businesses by commercializing open-source products.
Last month Elastic stock fell after Amazon Web Services introduced a new community for people to contribute to a separate version of the Elasticsearch open-source software, while MongoDB shares plunged in January, after AWS launched a new and potentially competitive database service.
Shares of Elastic and MongoDB both rallied on Tuesday. By partnering with these companies, Google can provide customers commercial support, consolidated billing and a single management tool for all participating open-source services.