Airbyte launches a hosted version of its integration platform – TechCrunch
Airbyte, the well-funded open source data integration startup, has always made it easy for data teams to set up their Extract, Load, and Transform (ELT) pipelines, but until now that has meant self-hosting and service management, with all the complications that go with it. Today, the company announced the official launch of Airbyte Cloud, a hosted service that takes all the functionality of the open source version and adds hosting and management, in addition to a number of support options. additional and enterprise features such as access management for teams (although support for single sign-on is currently still listed as “coming soon”).
Currently, over 6,000 companies use Airbyte in one form or another. That’s against only 250 at the end of January. During the year, the company also launched a start-up and Series A round, totaling just over $ 31 million in funding. The fact that there was only two months between the seed and the round of the A-series is a pretty good indication of how warm this space is.
And speaking of money, Airbyte also decided to mix up their pricing model a bit with Airbyte Cloud. Instead of volume-based pricing, which was somewhat the norm for this type of service, the team decided to opt for billing for the compute time these tasks take.
Ideally, this eliminates at least some of the friction often associated with this type of workload. Traditionally, according to the Airbyte team, companies have used multiple systems like Fivetran to connect to the most common API sources and internally developed scripts that data engineering teams create for their one-time use cases. , then a database replication system on top of that.
“We really wanted to trivialize and solve the data integration problem,” Airbyte COO and co-founder John Lafleur told me when I asked about the pricing model. “The only way to do that is really through an infrastructure-type pricing model, like Snowflake: buy credits, consume those credits based on computing hours. At this point, because your database’s replication throughput is very high, this makes it possible. That is why we have opted for the calculation.
As Michel Tricot, CEO and co-founder of Airbyte, added, it also means companies can now think of pricing virtually all of their data services in the same compute-centric way.
Currently, Airbyte offers around 130 connectors to services ranging from consumer products like Instagram to BI systems like Google’s Looker and virtually all major database systems. As the team noted, many customers also use Airbyte’s open source code to create their own custom connectors. In addition, there are now also vendors who create connectors for their own customers, and the team is looking at how they can influence their community to maintain connectors over time through the use of some form of revenue sharing.