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NetApp CEO George Kurian: Dell, HPE Are ‘Doing What We Did In 2014’

“I think [Dell and HPE are] doing what we did in 2014. So, ‘Welcome to 2014’ is our response. We are way further ahead than any of those alternatives. And we’ve learned from what we did then, and we’ve progressed much further,’ NetApp CEO George Kurian tells CRN.

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NetApp is the leading vendor of data storage products to the U.S. government, right? 

We have a large and very successful business with the U.S. government. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve in meeting our country‘s mission.

So looking at the rest of 2022, what should we expect from NetApp? 

You’ll continue to see us working hard to serve our customers in more and more ways. We’ve got a leading portfolio of price storage services. We’ve got the world’s leading cloud storage and data services portfolio. We’ve got a phenomenal portfolio in cloud operations. And you’ll see us doing acquisitions to continue to expand our portfolio in cloud and software. I think with regard to the way we serve customers, we’ve been fortunate that we have been able to meet customers virtually, like we are doing today, and we’ll continue to meet customers where they are.

We are encouraged by the adoption of NetApp Keystone and the work that we’re doing with our channel. I think we have a lot more ways for the channel to build new business opportunities that are profitable together with NetApp to transform their relationships from more traditional parts of customer environments to cloud and DevOps and the future parts of customer environments together with NetApp. And we’re cautiously optimistic that the world is moving beyond COVID this year. We think that the world has learned a lot from the last couple of years, and we hope that 2022 allows us to build a better world together with everybody in the industry and with our customers particularly. … We feel very good about our progress and we’re humbled that we are able to have the opportunities we have. Especially at this time, it reminds us what’s really important and how lucky we are to be in the places we are.

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