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CRN Exclusive: NetApp CEO George Kurian On Keystone, Clouds And Competition

Joseph F. Kovar

NetApp's Data Fabric has moved from vision to reality, particularly with the new Keystone consumption pricing, and no other vendor can manage data across on-premises data centers to public clouds as tightly as NetApp does, Kurian tells CRN in an interview at the NetApp Insight 2019 conference.

NetApp Moves Beyond Storage To Embrace Cloud Everywhere With Keystone

NetApp Tuesday introduced its NetApp Keystone cloud consumption model that it said for the first time lets businesses bring the flexibility and the pricing characteristics of the cloud to manage data seamlessly whether it is stored in on-premises data centers, public or private clouds, or multi-cloud environments. The goal of NetApp Keystone is to enable customers to purchase their on-premises and cloud-based data management capabilities either outright or on a consumption basis without worrying about future requirements as data can be migrated as needed.

NetApp CEO George Kurian sat down with CRN during the company's NetApp Insight 2019 conference to discuss how Keystone works with the company's Data Fabric technology as part of a seamless data management capability.

Kurian, who dislikes discussing competitors by name, said there are no other vendors even close to offering the types of cloud-based data management capabilities that NetApp does, but instead more often than not talk about the cloud and add just a thin veneer of consumption to their legacy storage systems.

Kurian also discussed NetApp's HCI hyper-converged infrastructure, recent executive changes, the company’s lower-than-expected revenue report, and its acquisition strategy in a wide-ranging conversation with CRN.

 
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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