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NetApp CEO George Kurian: Pure Storage Boss’ Comments Inaccurate

Joseph F. Kovar

‘We‘re not going to comment on someone else. But we are going to clarify. When somebody comments inaccurately about our results or our approach or our technology, we feel obligated to make sure that there is real clarity on the facts,’ says NetApp CEO George Kurian.

So you saw Pure Storage CEO Charles Giancarlo’s comments about NetApp?

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen people commenting about our approach to the market, our position in the market, and we wanted to clarify a few things about our approach, and just provide some factual data points that address some of the assertions made. And I’ll just leave it there. We‘re not going to comment on someone else. But we are going to clarify. When somebody comments inaccurately about our results or our approach or our technology, we feel obligated to make sure that there is real clarity on the facts.

So what did NetApp see in Giancarlo’s comments as inaccurate?

So there were several assertions. Broadly speaking, there were comments about our innovation agenda, our ranking in the flash storage market, our focus, none of which are accurate. I can give you a point-by-point clarification of the assertions made, and then maybe talk a little bit about it.

Listen, we have a 30-year track record of innovation and advancement of our technology. We have unquestioned leadership in the cloud, as third parties will indicate in their reviews of our offerings. And we‘re focused on our agenda, which is to help our clients succeed in their digital transformation agendas and to build and deploy hybrid multi-cloud architectures. On the specifics, I think there were five areas that we felt did not provide the right degree of clarity and honesty about our kind of capabilities.

 
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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