Ran Kurup manages business strategy in Intel’s Storage Group. In this role, he drives the group’s long term strategy and investments in the ecosystem including the start-up and research community. We chatted about the upcoming .NEXT conference in Las Vegas from June 20-22. Here are some of the highlights of our conversation.
What IT Challenges are your customers facing?
I have traveled the world talking to enterprise and cloud service providers and every one of them cites storage as one of their biggest challenges. It is a huge portion of their budget in the data center, and it is where all the growth and value that they can provide seems to reside. The three main challenges that I hear from them are the amount of data, the velocity with which it is coming at them, and the complexity of the data itself. Those are the three main things that they don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel because this is a problem that seems to grow more and more because of the growing expectations from customers about seamless data services. The big challenge is not only how to store data, but also manage data through its lifecycle, give access to your customers in the most seamless ways, and deal with the velocity and complexity issues that we talked about.
Can you give the audience a sneak peek of what you are going to be talking about at .NEXT?
First of all, I would like to encourage everyone to be there. I will be talking about the challenges with going into the next level of what I just described, and also talk about what Intel is doing in the space. Intel has a unique spark in the industry. We are in the data center with a large presence with our products from CPUs to network to SSDs and so on. What we are doing at the product level is to ensure that these challenges are being met in the optimal manner by customers. The answer also lies in what we are doing with the ecosystem. In late March, we announced the Storage Builders Program and we will talk a little more about that at the conference. End users such as Nutanix’s customers will see how this program helps them look at overall solutions that are complementary to Nutanix that will help them solve critical problems.
What topics are you most excited to learn about or hear at the conference?
I am trying to stay for the entire conference, which I rarely have the luxury of doing, but I’ve committed to doing that. Nutanix is such a fantastic example of a company that is leading the charge in new storage and datacenter infrastructure. They have been winning business, delivering value, and have expanded the conversation from talking to just storage administrators and storage designers to actual line of business folks, application developers, and to people delivering applications to end users. They have done such an amazing job of showing everyone the value of software defined storage. I’m looking forward to hearing sessions from various people at Nutanix and the industry, but also to networking with key customers of Nutanix and gaining an understanding of how they perceive the value and how they have adopted the Nutanix solution. This is relevant to Intel as we work together with Nutanix, and I am really looking forward to the conference!
Come visit us at .NEXT!
Nutanix .NEXT is scheduled for June 20-22, 2016 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information and to register for the user conference, please visit: www.nutanix.com/next/