Snowflake pushes back at… whom?


Disclaimer: Matt Asay works for AWS but the views expressed herein are his and don’t reflect those of his employer.

In two recent blog posts (“Striking a balance with ‘open’ at Snowflake” and (“Where open helps and where it hurts”), Snowflake spent 6,064 words arguing a very simple concept: All software need not be open—open source, open standards, open APIs. It’s not a particularly objectionable argument and reflects the reality that while virtually all software includes open source code, most software isn’t licensed as open source. Snowflake, in other words, is safely within its rights to keep its software closed.

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