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NetApp CFO Ron Pasek On Cloud, Keystone, Dell, And Slowing FlexPod Sales

NetApp has a bright future thanks to its unique hybrid multi-cloud and Data Fabric strategies, Ron Pasek tells CRN.

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Eye On The Future

Everyone has the occasional bad day. For NetApp, it was a bad quarter, its first fiscal quarter of 2020 and the steep fall in its share price, to be exact, which dominated the conversation three months ago.

Since then, however, the company has seen strong fundamentals thanks to a growing hybrid multi-cloud business and the continuing acceptance of its Data Fabric strategy for tying storage seamlessly across on-premises and multiple cloud environments. Last month, the NetApp Insight conference saw the unveiling of its Keystone platform for managing data across on-premises and cloud environments the same regardless of whether customers prefer consumption-based pricing, managed services, or owning the hardware. Together, they set the stage for likely future growth.

Ron Pasek, NetApp executive vice president and chief financial officer, sat down for a conversation after last week's second fiscal quarter 2020 financial analyst conference call to talk about not only the quarter, but about many facets of the company. The conversation touched on many topics, including NetApp's channel strength, its growing HCI hyper-converged infrastructure business, the slowing of its FlexPod converged infrastructure business, and his take on recent Dell Technologies cloud-focused news. (Hint: He called it a "yawner.")

For a look at these and other topics related to the future of NetApp, turn the page.

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