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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.

Anthony Lye, who led NetApp’s move into the cloud management portion of the business, just left NetApp to go to Palantir. What does this departure mean for NetApp? And what are your plans in terms of going forward with this role?

I think Anthony did exceptional work for NetApp. We wish him nothing but the best. He worked with me closely for five-plus years. And during that time, he has built a strong team of cloud-knowledgeable leaders, both organically and inorganically. Plus, we have added a strong set of leaders at the CEO team level that came from cloud backgrounds, like [NetApp President] Cesar Cernuda, [Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer] Harvinder Bhela, and others. So I feel very good about the depth and the capability of cloud now in the NetApp team, and the leadership team, and we will continue to strengthen our team as we see fit.

NetApp has been a close partner of VMware. Do you see any changes in how the company might work with VMware as VMware becomes part of Broadcom?

Listen, it‘s too early to comment. The transaction hasn’t closed yet. We have really good work going on with VMware, and we thank [VMware CEO] Raghu [Raghuram] and his team for their partnership. We are extending the work we‘re doing not only in the data center, but also to VMware implementations on the public clouds. And I’m excited about the work that we‘re doing there and look forward to continuing to solve problems for customers. VMware is present in a huge number of customers. And it’s important that we and they work closely together to continue to bring value to our joint customers.

 
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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