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Why Airbyte Made Alpha and Beta Connectors Free

John Lafleur
January 26, 2023
4 min read
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Creating a reliability standard across the industry

The Free Connector Program is a message to our community of users that we are strongly incentivized to bring reliability to all the connectors they use. It is about showing them how important reliability is to us. Airbyte will only thrive as a business if reliability is at the forefront of everything we do. 

But it goes even beyond this. The Free Connector Program is Airbyte’s statement that any connector with a <99% success rate shouldn’t be charged for. Data pipelines are at the bottom of the data infrastructure Maslow pyramid along with data storage. If data pipelines break, it prevents the whole organization from leveraging this data, should it be for analytics, operational use case, or data activation (reverse-ETL). ELT pipelines are the beginning of anything data related in the organization. 


So to summarize, Airbyte’s mission to commoditize data integration by bringing reliability at scale to a long tail of connectors can only be achieved by getting 3 steps of a flywheel right: 

  1. Community: a great community of data engineering contributors to help build the connectors they need 
  2. CDK: some great tooling to help with building and maintaining connectors
  3. Free Connector Program: usage across all connectors to help identify edge cases and bring those connectors to GA

If this resonates with you, sign in the Free Connector Program, use our alpha / beta connectors for free, and file any issues you see. This is how you can contribute to our mission to commoditize data integration once and for all! Obviously, we hope the connectors will work seamlessly for your use case, so Airbyte keeps providing value and simplifying your life.

We also thought about this program as a way to give back to our community during a difficult economical context.

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