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Pure Storage CEO Giancarlo On Cloud Moves, Competition, HCI, And What's Next

Pure Storage CEO Charlie Giancarlo outlines how his company is approaching the cloud on multiple fronts, and said that it has no plans for hyper-converged infrastructure because combining its storage with stateless servers is a better way to go.

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Pure Storage Taking On The Cloud 

Pure Storage, the second-largest independent provider of all-flash storage, has committed itself to becoming a leading provider of storage technology to enable modern applications to take advantage of the cloud. The Mountain View, Calif.-based flash storage vendor has in the last several months introduced several new cloud-focused offerings, some of which have already come to market and others of which are on the way.

CEO Charles "Charlie" Giancarlo recently sat down with CRN to outline his company's moves to make the cloud front-and-center with its all-flash technology. He also outlined for CRN the company's hyper-converged infrastructure play. (Hint: For Pure Storage, HCI does not mean introducing its own compute, but easily attaching to other vendor's stateless servers.)

And while Giancarlo's hands were tied in terms of what he could talk about coming up in the next half-year or so, he did indicate that future plans also have a strong dose of cloud on the way.

For Pure Storage, as it is with its arch-rival NetApp, the cloud is not about providing a place to park some zeros and ones. Instead, it is about building an architecture aimed at easing the management and movement of data and making it available for however clients need it.

For more on Pure Storage's strategy, click the slideshow.

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