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BoB Conference Exclusive: NetApp's George Kurian On The Pitfalls of Dell EMC, Flawed Hyper-Converged Technology And How His Mom Was A Decade Ahead Of Her Time

In a live on-stage interview at The Channel Company's Best of Breed Conference, NetApp CEO George Kurian fielded questions on the impact of Dell's EMC acquisition, NetApp's future as an independent company and the storage company's pivot toward data management.

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Kurian On Record

There's a major transformation underway in the storage industry, with the cloud, hyper-converged infrastructure and other factors driving major industry shifts.

While some companies, like Dell and EMC, are looking to consolidate, NetApp CEO George Kurian said the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based storage vendor is positioned to win as an independent company, with a focused strategy that makes calculated decisions to drive leading technology and partnerships in the market.

In a keynote interview with The Channel Company CEO Robert Faletra at the 2016 Best of Breed Conference in Atlanta, Kurian talked about the Dell-EMC deal, why hyper-converged is overrated, the future of the cloud, the upcoming presidential election and much more. Here are edited excerpts of the conversation.

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