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CRN Exclusive: Pure Storage CEO Giancarlo On A.I., Innovation, And M&A Strategy

Charlie Giancarlo told CRN that artificial intelligence has become a key differentiator for Pure Storage, and that the company is now looking for potential acquisitions to help accelerate its innovation.

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On A Roll, Ready For What's Next

Pure Storage has done something few storage vendors have done in the past couple decades: In only a few years since it was founded, the all-flash storage company has grown revenue to over $1 billion, completed a successful IPO, and started turning a profit.

However, the company knows that the IT world does not revolve around high-performance flash storage just for the performance. Pure Storage has in the last few months showed that it can innovate as much as its larger rivals with a strategy that focuses on the nascent artificial intelligence industry in partnership with Nvidia, Cisco, and Arista to bring A.I. out of the scientific community and into the enterprise.

Charles Giancarlo, a former Cisco and Avaya networking executive who also spent time in the venture capital industry before taking over as Pure Storage CEO in 2017, told CRN that his company is looking to artificial intelligence and the cloud for ways to continue innovating beyond the pure storage play the company has until now been best known for.

Click our slideshow for more on what the future holds in store for Pure Storage, according to Giancarlo. And don't be surprised if you do not see the phrase "flash storage" in the conversation.

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