Getting By With A Little Help From Friends (And A Brother)
NetApp CEO George Kurian said that the world is quickly changing as businesses accelerate their digital transformation not only because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, but because of the need to adopt ever more hybrid cloud capabilities as a way to add flexibility to their business and better serve clients.
“For many years, we’ve been saying that the world’s changing,” Kurian told an audience of enterprise customers and solution providers during last week’s NetApp Insight 2020 virtual conference. “But no one could have predicted the amount of change we’ve seen in 2020. Despite all the challenges over the past few months, we’ve learned a lot about ourselves and each other.”
However, NetApp and Kurian understand that helping businesses with their digital transformation is too big a task for one company alone, but instead requires data center infrastructure providers and cloud providers to work together towards building hybrid clouds.
To emphasize that point, NetApp invited the CEOs of three of the biggest names in the cloud--Google, Microsoft, and IBM--to the NetApp Insight stage to talk about the parts they play in digital transformation and how they are partnering with NetApp to do so.
Those conversations included a face-to-face meeting between George Kurian and his twin brother, Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, in what may be the first public joint presentation by twin CEOs of two of the most powerful companies involved in digital transformation and public and hybrid cloud development.
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