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Q&A: NetApp CEO Kurian Explains Strategic Tech Shift, Discusses Cisco Relations As Dell, EMC Combine

NetApp CEO George Kurian offered a look at how important SolidFire is to NetApp and discussed the continuing strong relationship his company has with Cisco.

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NetApp In A Sea Of Change

NetApp just wrapped up its fiscal year 2016 with a drop in revenue and earnings the company attributed to a shift in its solutions mix from its more mature technologies to high-growth areas including flash storage and its Clustered Ontap operating system.

Even as it experiences this shift, the company is facing the prospect of becoming the leading independent storage vendor once Dell closes its planned acquisition of storage leader EMC. While some might call that acquisition a new source of pressure on a company like NetApp, which is seeing its storage business shrink, NetApp CEO George Kurian sees this as an opportunity, especially when it comes to the potential benefits of a stronger relationship with Cisco, which is both a Dell rival and an EMC partner.

Kurian took time to discuss with CRN these issues and more, including why NetApp has not made a big splash in the hyper-converged infrastructure market.

For a look at where is NetApp is, and where it is going, in today fast-changing storage business, turn the page.

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