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CRN Exclusive: New Pure Storage CEO On Potential Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Plans, Competing With NetApp, And Choosing A Snappy Nickname

Pure Storage, a vendor 100 percent focused on all-flash storage, is on the verge of profitability, and new CEO Charlie Giancarlo tells CRN that future opportunities include hyper-converged infrastructure, running compute on storage arrays, and the cloud.

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Focus On All-Flash Storage Paying Off For Pure Storage

While Charlie Giancarlo has been CEO of Pure Storage for about three months, since Chairman and former CEO Scott "Dietz" Dietzen gave up that role, he has yet to get the one-syllable nickname that nearly every Pure Storage employee receives.

But that may be the only thing that has not worked for him in his new role. Pure Storage, which went public two years ago but which has yet to show a profit, late last month said it was cash-flow-positive for the first time and will soon be profitable. The company is in the top five list of flash storage vendors and is one of the fastest-growing storage vendors overall. And it is exploring new avenues of growth for its flash storage business including possibly doing more in hyper-converged infrastructure and compute environments.

Giancarlo recently spoke with CRN to talk about the future direction of the company. Here’s what he had to say.

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