Talking with Zmanda's CEO, Chander Kant

At the Red Hat Summit I was able to grab sometime with Chander Kant, CEO of open source back-up provider, Zmanda.

I had previously met Chander at the MySQL conference where they were named a partner of the year, but we didn't get a chance to talk much.  It was pretty cool to hear about how he originally identified the opportunity for Zmanda and then built a business around it.

My interview with Chander (13:27)  Listen (Mp3) Listen (ogg)

Some of the topics we tackle:

  • How Zmanda was founded around the Amanda project, and how Chander realized there was a business to be built around it.
  • How Zmanda's subscription-based model works and how they offer both community and enterprise editions
  • The OS's they support including the wide range of distros
  • Working with Amazon in the S3 cloud for the past 18 mos.
  • GPLv2 and the watchful eye Chander is keeping on v3
  • How to get involved in the community
  • What the future holds (hint: some of it involves an announcement re. Oracle, better ZFS integration and much more)
Pau for now....

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