Google Cloud today announced strategic partnerships with seven prominent providers of big data technologies that will bring those vendors’ solutions to the Google Cloud Platform as managed services. The move appears designed to position Google in a more favorable light relative to Amazon, which has taken a more heavy-handed approach with the open source backers.

The partnerships that Google Cloud signed with Neo4j, InfluxData, Elastic, MongoDB, Redis Labs, DataStax, and Confluent will allow customers to access those vendors’ open source solutions as “native” services on the Google Cloud. In addition to integrating with other services on Google Cloud, customers will benefit from unified management, support, and even billing.

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