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Pure Storage CEO: NetApp, Dell, HPE Aren’t True Cloud Storage

Joseph F. Kovar

‘[HPE GreenLake and Dell Apex] are just financial models to enable customers pay a subscription for storage rather than as capex. Or rather it‘s really more like a lease model in most of those cases. Whereas we’re bringing technology into the data center that allows the customer to both manage and to offer storage services and data management to their developers as APIs,’ says Pure Storage CEO Charles Giancarlo.

 

The macroenvironment is changing. For instance, talk about the huge talent shortage has given way to increasing layoffs at tech companies. In terms of the macro environment, what are you seeing?

Very similar. The bubble is always the biggest before it bursts. And we saw this back in the year 2000 and 2001. And it went from various people looking at jobs they felt very entitled to to the comic in the Wall Street Journal of an engineer sitting on the street with a sign up saying, ‘Will work for benefits.’ So, I don‘t know that we’ll see quite the same thing. But certainly the talent shortage, it doesn‘t really exist anymore. We’re seeing more and more people wanting to come to Pure, and wanting to come back to Pure.

Now, in terms of the market overall, it‘s still it’s hard to say. It‘s still early. Digital transformation is still very much at the forefront of thinking of enterprises, both in the U.S. as well as worldwide. But certainly, we’re cautious about the second half of the year. We are certainly going to keep our eyes open.

What are some things that Pure Storage is doing to prepare for changes in the macro environment, the changes that are starting to happen already?

Well, honestly, we‘re continuing to stick to our plan, which is growth this year. We still feel very good about the plan that we have in place. We continue to hire to that plan. But certainly, we’ll be we‘ll be cautious to make sure that we don’t overshoot.

 

 

 
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Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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