In succession to the interview with CEO Bernard Harguindeguy I had the pleasure to speak with the CTO of Atlantis, Chetan Venkatesh.
As the founder of Atlantis, he provided great background to Atlantis. Enjoy the interview!
Willem ter Harmsel: Can you run me through the genesis of Atlantis Computing?
Chetan Venkatesh: I can! I’ve been an entrepreneur most of my life and started Atlantis in 2006. I spent a lot of time in the datacenter, storage and Infrastructure space. I was keen to to explore the software that was on the server side to do something intelligent with storage.
We had Moore’s law deliver twice the horsepower at half the cost. I was inspired to create a storage model that took advantage of these increasing CPU cycles and RAM on the server side.
I wanted to bring data services like de-duplication and compression, that require a lot of CPU power, right next to the application.
(Smiling) It turns out that this is much harder idea to implement in practice than said. It took us almost 3 years to complete the first version of the product and we launched in 2009.