Companies turn to open-source managed databases for scale and expertise. But, how are technology solutions handling critical operations, including access control, compliance checks and anomaly detection?
Aiven Ltd.’s mission is to fill this gap by abstracting away data infrastructure worries so DevOps teams can do what they do best: develop, according to James Arlen (pictured), chief information security officer of Aiven.
“It’s 10 different open-source database products delivered as a platform, all managed services,” he said. “The game is about being the most performant, secure and compliant database as a service on the market, friction-free for your developers. You want to be able to say, ‘Here, take care of my data for me.’ And that’s what we do.”
Arlen spoke with theCUBE industry analysts John Furrier and Lisa Martin at the AWS Summit New York event, during an exclusive broadcast on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio. They discussed Aiven’s market growth and product differentiation points, as well as the holistic managed databases space. (* Disclosure below.)
Growth, security posture and how Aiven plans to compete with Snowflake
With a recent series-C round that topped $160M, a valuation surpassing $2B, and healthy revenue and growth figures, Aiven is in a position to stay ahead of its customers’ security needs, according to Arlen.
“We take care of backups, high availability, all the security and compliance things around access and certifications. All of that stuff that’s actually difficult to do well and consistently, that’s all we do,” he stated.
With Snowflake being the preferred destination for migrant companies for on-premises, legacy data warehousing solutions, Aiven is banking on open source to mount sufficient competition for it, with what the company hopes is a compelling pitch.
“With open source, I’m tying my future to the common good,” Arlen said. “The internet runs on open source. It doesn’t run on anything closed. And so I’m not hitching my wagon to something that I don’t control. I’m hitching it to something where any one of our customers could decide to leave at any time.”
Here’s the complete video interview, part of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of the AWS Summit New York event:
(* Disclosure: Aiven Ltd. sponsored this segment of theCUBE. Neither Aiven nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)