Sakac On The Record
Chad Sakac takes the helm at converged infrastructure powerhouse VCE at a critical time. Its parent company, data storage giant EMC, is preparing to be acquired by Dell. Cisco Systems, which holds about a 10 percent stake in the company, is reportedly developing its own hyper-converged infrastructure appliance with software startup Springpath. Some industry experts expect tighter integration between EMC and VCE, along with Dell ownership, will spell the end of EMC's partnership with Cisco. But Sakac is adamant that's not the case. Customers, he said, want Cisco, and VCE will continue to partner with the networking giant for as long as they do. Sakac spoke with CRN soon after being named president of VCE, now known as the EMC Converged Platforms Unit, and took on these and other topics. Following is an edited excerpt of the conversation.