Hello Ryan,

On 2020-04-05 10:55, Ryan Blenis wrote:

I see the enterprise version you offer it says one of the features
piler has is S3 object storage, which looks like it was originally
requested on the mailing list in 2018:

Does this mean that it is fully implemented now? And if so, will we

yes, it's fully implemented by now.

ever see this in the open source version? Given the lower prices on S3
compatible storage versus block storage and the unchanging nature of
the files, this would be great to have as an option that can reduce
hosting costs from what is now being used for [comparatively]
expensive block storage.

well, I've been thinking about it for a while, and still not decided,
it's a difficult business decision, so let me share my current position
on the matter.

TL;DR: not in the near future.

I'm really proud that the open source edition has gained a pretty nice
traction, and I decided to somehow monetize its popularity.

So I've forked piler and built an enterprise edition along with some commercial services. To make the enterprise edition successful, I must offer some features that are worth to pay for that is not available for free in the open source edition.

I believe that the S3 storage support you asked for is such an attractive feature,
so I'll keep it for the enterprise edition only, not sure how long.

However, I'm well aware of that the S3 costs are significantly lower than block storage costs at cloud hosting companies. I encourage you to try the enterprise edition, and see if it works for you. If so, and you like it, then perhaps we could figure out something viable to make the transition from open source to enterprise. I'd like to emphasize that I don't want to force you in this direction,
and it's totally ok to decline.

Let me know what you (and other piler users as well) think about the matter.


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