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Microsoft, Google, IBM CEOs Talk Future Of Cloud With NetApp CEO Kurian

“For many years, we’ve been saying that the world’s changing. 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,” says NetApp CEO George Kurian.

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Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud

NetApp CEO George Kurian was visited in-person by his equally famous twin brother, Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian.

George Kurian introduced Thomas Kurian as, “My best friend, and distinguished CEO of Google Cloud, Thomas Kurian, my twin brother who has been with me my entire life.”

Thomas Kurian said businesses look to cloud providers for two important things. The first is around lowering IT costs to better face economic challenges and to use the cloud as a mechanism for a more efficient and agile IT infrastructure. The second is the shift to digital business as companies look to new innovations to change their business models to take better advantage of the power of data.

“And that‘s where the collaboration between Google Cloud and NetApp come together,” Thomas Kurian said. “We’ve had the great fortune of working together to solve business problems for lots of customers. ... NetApp’s teams have done an awesome job of working with us to deliver common solutions that improve performance, scale, ease of migration, and transform the business value of data to solve business problems for customers.”

Looking forward, Thomas Kurian said, Google and NetApp will continue to work together on joint solutions.

This includes working together to bring Google cloud technologies to enterprises with a broadening solution catalog, and expanded solutions portfolio that includes hybrid and private cloud offerings for virtual machines and container-native solutions, bringing Google’s Anthos multi-cloud Kubernetes offering to those businesses, and new capabilities for areas including mission-critical analytic applications and virtual desktops, he said.

The two will also strengthen their customer service organizations so that customers who deploy mission-critical workloads in the cloud can get collaborative support with super-critical response time, he said.

“Third, we continue to invest in bringing our sales organizations together so that customers can find it much easier to contract our joint solutions to get the expertise from both our organizations: your deep understanding of customers and their storage requirements, and our expertise in cloud computing,” he said.

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