March 2, 2005

Q&A with Zend CEO Doron Gerstel

Author: John Koenig

Zend Technologies was founded in 2000 to commercialize the solutions needed to make the PHP scripting language viable in enterprise environments. Generally regarded as one of the key components of the LAMP stack, the Zend Engine, which competes with Microsoft's .NET and Sun's JSP solutions, has delivered a capable alternative under a BSD-style license since 2001. Last year's 5.0 release of the Zend Engine was considered a major milestone in its acceptability for enterprise applications.

In 2004, IBM donated the Cloudscape database to the Apache Software Foundation, where it is now called Derby and licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0. Last week IBM and Zend announced their joint support of a Zend Core bundle containing the Zend Engine and Derby database.

Zend has high expectations for the IBM relationship, comparing it in significance to IBM throwing support behind Linux a number of years ago. Doron Gerstel, CEO of Zend, spent some time with us answering questions about the company and his impressions about the enterprise adoption of open source.

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