Somehow, someway, this year has seen a few of my 2018 predictions more or less come to fruition. Database-as-a-Service providers have indeed moved toward managing more data-layer components (such as services to process streaming data). DBaaS solutions have also gravitated toward delivering stronger capabilities around scaling clusters to meet the ebbs and flows of demand, and made strides toward providing greater reliability and uptime. Additionally, open source solutions have certainly continued to enjoy a growing popularity within enterprise environments. These larger companies increasingly see the cost and flexibility appeal created by freedom from vendor lock-in, and rightfully are putting confidence in powerful – and secure – open source solutions backed by loyal and active communities.