The point is that for end users, GoGrid is offering an easy way to test out open source databases. Eagle says that's valuable: Increasingly IT shops should consider using the cloud for big data management, and if they're inclined to use open source tools, GoGrid is one of many places to start.
The market is in its early days. For many users, AWS's DynamoDB and EMR are a fine fit, especially if the users have no plans to bring the services back in-house and they want to take advantage of AWS's broad set of ancillary features. But for users who just want to dip their toe in the open source cloud-based database waters, GoGrid is an option.
The 1-Button deploy orchestration engine is a free service, customers only pay for the underlying resources. GoGrid's pricing can be found here.
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