Hi Janos,

Thank you as always for your quick and in-depth response. I certainly
understand the delicate balance between FOSS and enterprise paywalls and
feature-sets, and I thank you for even having an open source option to
begin with! I'm just planning a migration to a new server (for when my
current OS is EOL) and wanted to move the hosting to one with better
support that doesn't over-provision the hosts resources as I've seen on the
current host, but HDD space isn't anywhere near as inexpensive as it is at
the current company. I was just thinking I could have the best of both
worlds with S3 storage integrated. Many of the FOSS/enterprise paywalls in
other projects are based on LDAP integration, multi-tenancy, pre-packages
binaries, support levels, etc. that many business need, whereas object
storage vs block storage felt like more of a separate paywall in terms of
cloud providers, so I just figured I'd ask if it was coming to the FOSS
version. Also, I like to be able to modify the code if a customization can
be made, which I assume would not be the case with enterprise, correct?

Also, if I try the enterprise on the new host, is there a path to downgrade
to the FOSS version? Or would starting back from scratch be the only

Thank you as always again.

On Sun, Apr 5, 2020 at 7:16 AM <s...@acts.hu> wrote:

> 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:
> > https://www.mail-archive.com/piler-user@list.acts.hu/msg01335.html
> >
> > 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.
> Janos

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