In the flurry of activity after NetApp more broadly.
Many people still think of NetApp as being all about their original device operating system DataONTAP. This acquisition marks a clear break with that past, and Kurian was clear that his vision for the company is different to what came before.
“This is an important part of the new NetApp that we’re trying to build,” Kurian said. “I think this is an important part of our aspiration to move the business forward, and to pivot to the areas of growth in the storage market, while being disciplined around[sic] the areas that are not growing so fast.”
Kurian was completely clear that the FlashRay product would be decommissioned, and replaced by SolidFire, which will operate as a separate business unit at arm’s length from other product lines, lead by Wright.
“What a lot of folks don’t realise about NetApp,” said Wright, “is over the last five years they’ve really transformed themselves from a single product, single platform company to a true multi-product, multi-platform company.”
Kurian made mention of his time at Cisco, where he served as vice president and general manager of the Application Networking and Switching Technology Group. “I am eminently comfortable with product portfolios with swimlanes where each product has its particular focus and strength,” he said.
The FlashRay technology developed in-house won’t be completely thrown away, with Kurian mentioning that some IP had already been rolled into the all-flash FAS products.
“This is a representation of us recognizing that our own internal technology was not going to meet the needs of the market in the time that we thought the market would grow the fastest,” Kurian said.