Salvatore Sanfilippo, creator of popular NoSQL database Redis, has stepped down as the maintainer of the open-source project, which is now adopting a new ‘light-governance model’, as opposed to its current autocratic model.
Although Sanfilippo is stepping down as the benevolent dictator for life (BDFL) of the Redis open-source project, he will stay on with Redis Labs on its advisory board, helping guide the project from a distance.
Sanfilippo, aka ‘antirez’, kicked off the project in early 2009. Since then, the Redis database has become popular for caching and the go-to real-time database for supporting large-scale back-end transaction and content-serving systems.
Today, the Redis database is open source, while enterprise features and Redis Modules are licensed separately. It’s the most popular key-value store, according to DB-Engines, ahead of Amazon DynamoDB and Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB, and Memcached. Last year, Redis Enterprise launched as a managed service on Google Cloud