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CRN Exclusive: NetApp CEO Kurian On VMware Relationship In A New Dell-EMC World

In a interview at NetApp's Insight conference, CEO George Kurian says the company knows how to partner with VMware 'regardless of what ownership structure they are part of.'

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Did you hear anything about a storage company being acquired today?

I do read the news.

I came to this event thinking we could talk all about NetApp, but we can't. So what do you think about the acquisition?

I wish both of them well. It's complex, and will cause some uncertainty for customers and partners who are looking at road maps from those two companies as well as at road maps from their partnerships with other technology providers.

We are focused on what we are offering to customers, which is what we believe is the best path to building a hybrid cloud architecture. And when we talk to customers about the hybrid cloud, what they tell us is their operational mode and their architecture is hybrid because they want choice, they want flexibility, and they want the ability to have consistent data management across these different topologies. And we think we have the best solution for the industry.

 
 
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