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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.

What's your key message for Insight this year?

We have three key messages. First is, our read on the market, of where customers were headed and what ingredients were required for customer success in a digital era, is playing out exactly as we predicted. Hybrid multi-cloud is the architecture that customers are building today. And the Data Fabric is essentially the underpinning of that.

Second, NetApp is available on all the big public clouds to help you build hybrid architectures between your data center and the public cloud.

Third, with NetApp Keystone, we are bringing the cloud-like customer experience and business model and consumption offerings to your data center.

 
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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