Businesses are being inundated with data: Anil Valluri

Jul 21 2014, 02:39 IST
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SummaryA nexus of converging forces—social, mobile, cloud and information...

A nexus of converging forces—social, mobile, cloud and information—is building upon and transforming user behaviour while creating new business. Enterprise software buying is increasingly shaped by this nexus of forces, says Anil Valluri, president—India & SAARC, NetApp India Marketing & Services. This Sunnyvale, California-based firm is a provider of storage systems and data management solutions for IT infrastructures; it competes with Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM and Oracle in this segment.

“The consumer and employee are becoming increasingly connected, and lines between the work and personal avatars are blurring. These changes are heralding challenging yet exciting times for the technology industry,” says Valluri, an accomplished IT leader with 27 years of

industry experience. Before NetApp, he worked at Artiman Ventures, a Bay Area-based venture capital firm. Prior to that, he worked at Sun

Microsystems for 11 years, his last role being vice-president and managing director where he was responsible for managing a $200 million revenue business and its expansion into newer industry segments. In a recent interaction, he talks to Sudhir Chowdhary about the new technology trends and the company’s plans for the Indian market. Excerpts:

You have been releasing many Flash products over the last couple of years. How do you see Flash adoption growing in India?

The adoption of Flash technology in India is one of the hottest upcoming trends in 2014 and will continue into the next year. According to an IDC estimate, the Indian enterprise storage market in 2013, excluding storage area network (SAN) and tape, was worth $200 million. Of this, the Flash storage market was worth about $20 million. Indian enterprises are deploying Flash for a wide range of workloads from virtualised servers and desktops to online transaction processing (OLTP). Organisations are integrating Flash into every area of the storage architecture from cache at the server level to all-Flash arrays. We will see its adoption fastest in sectors where massive amounts of data need to be processed very rapidly.

NetApp has sold more than 93 petabytes of flash in the market and has the industry’s broadest portfolio extending from the server to the array. Our product innovation strategy is to deliver the most complete portfolio of cloud-integrated and Flash-accelerated storage and data management solutions to satisfy customer needs across any workload and any deployment model—shared or dedicated.

Tell us something about NetApp. What

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NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that help our customers

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