NetApp hosted its Partner Executive Forum in Tallinn this week and told the assorted throngs that it has emerged from a difficult period with a refreshed product portfolio and a focus on the hybrid cloud.
Part of the transition saw Thurlow’s return from Arrow after a five-year exile.
The vendor, led by CEO George Kurian, had been carrying out a restructuring which was being given the thumbs up by its partners. Now it wants to say that after a few challenging years the company is back.
NetApp has changed dramatically and has got its mojo back, claimed Thurlow. This is all because George Kurian is “driving a wind of change through the company.”
NetApp had earlier in the week revealed that its channel business now accounts for 82 percent of all revenue in EMEA.
Despite NetApp talking up its new hyper-converged solution and hybrid cloud offering, Thurlow stressed that storage remains key to the vendor’s future and the outfit still wanted to flog lots of storage.