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CRN Exclusive: Pure Storage CEO Charles Giancarlo On Growing In An Extremely Competitive All-Flash Storage Market

Joseph F. Kovar

Congratulations on your first billion-dollar year.

It's a good year. We promised that we'd be above a billion dollars, and we beat the billion dollars. And we said we'd reach profitability in the quarter, and we beat the forecast on that as well. We're also forecasting next year to have good growth, 30 percent-plus growth, as well as profitability, so we're very excited about that. And, by the way, another surprise perhaps is we were free-cash-flow-positive for the entire fiscal '18. So, all really good stuff.

So, are you profitable yet?

Well, we showed profitability in Q4, so it's profitable in Q4, not the full year. And we're forecasting a full year of profitability next year. The year we're in now.

 
Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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