At Google Cloud Next 2019 today, Google signed strategic partnerships with seven “leading open source-centric companies”: Confluent, DataStax, Elastic, InfluxData, MongoDB, Neo4j, and Redis Labs. Each partnership has its own timeline, but the company expects them all to roll out “over the next few months.” Google also announced new Google Cloud Platform (GCP) regions opening in 2020: Seoul and Salt Lake City.

Google says it believes in an “open cloud” and that “open source is the future of public cloud.” Indeed, the company has made open-source contributions via projects like Kubernetes, TensorFlow, Go, and so on. But Google doesn’t want to just open-source its own projects — it also wants to partner with companies that are building open source projects.

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