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Q&A: NetApp CEO Kurian Talks About New Competitors, Tech's Transition And Industry Consolidation

NetApp just reported its recent quarterly financials, putting its CEO in the CRN spotlight as head of the soon-to-be last of the major independent storage vendors -- assuming Dell completes its acquisition of EMC.

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Relaxed In The Face Of Major Storage Industry Changes

When NetApp this month reported second fiscal quarter 2016 revenue and earnings drops compared with the same period last year, it was in part proof of the storage vendor's success in getting customers to transition from its older 7-Mode architecture to its new clustered-storage, all-flash arrays and the cloud.

But while NetApp is ready to leave the painful transition behind, the company continues to face increasing competition from a large crop of nimble startups. Meanwhile, it is navigating an industry seeing massive consolidation, as exemplified by Dell's planned acquisition of NetApp's primary -- and much larger -- rival, EMC.

NetApp CEO George Kurian, who took over the company's reins just last June, sat down with CRN to talk about what NetApp is doing to live up to its coming role as the industry's largest independent storage vendor.

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