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Podcast #102: Dan Kogan, Product Focus at Pure//Accelerate techfest22

by Harold Fritts

Pure Storage kicked off Pure//Accelerate techfest22 earlier this month in Los Angeles, and that gave Brian a chance to catch up with Dan Kogan, Vice President, Product Management and Product Marketing at Pure Storage. Dan leads product management for new business, cloud, and the as-a-Service group within Pure’s FlashArray BU, along with leading FlashArray’s overall product marketing team.

Pure Storage kicked off Pure//Accelerate techfest22 earlier this month in Los Angeles, and that gave Brian a chance to catch up with Dan Kogan, Vice President, Product Management and Product Marketing at Pure Storage. Dan leads product management for new business, cloud, and the as-a-Service group within Pure’s FlashArray BU, along with leading FlashArray’s overall product marketing team.

Pure unveiled several new and rebranded products during the event. StorageReview.com posted the news as it happened. You can read more about the key announcements for the Expanded Evergreen Portfolio, the FlashBlade//S, and AIRI//S AI-Ready Infrastructure. Pure Storage has been busy, and these announcements are just the beginning.

Pure Storage AIRI//S

There is a focus on as-a-Service offerings, strengthening partnerships with NVIDIA, and launching the FlashBlade//S. Dan has his hand in many of the new initiatives within Pure Storage.

Brian has questions about the new announcements, what’s next, cloud deliverables, and more. This very informative podcast offers insights into the direction Pure Storage is taking for the future.

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Please give it a listen, or skip around using the timestamps below.

00:00  Introduction

  • Intro
  • What resonates with customers
  • Cloud and cloud acceptance
  • Datacenters are growing
  • It’s complicated
  • Hybrid scenarios
  • Cloud costs are getting in the way

05:00  Cloud focus

  • Applications moving to the cloud: What is the right mix/balance
  • Considerations that determine cloud migration
  • SMB vs. Enterprise
  • Cloud migration is based on company maturity
  • Pure Storage customers:
    • Large SAS users
    • Cloud economics don’t work

10:00  Educating the masses

  • Training partners like MSPs, VARS, Integrators
  • Pure is not your typical storage vendor
  • Remember that Pure is a software company
  • The magic sauce is how the software work with the hardware

15:00 Pure//Accelerate techfest22

  • What was on display
  • Focus on Pure Fusion
  • Fusion changes the field for IT’s ability to support and deploy
  • Creation of Service Provider modality

20:00  History

  • A look back at EMC Viper
  • Pure Fusion won’t make the same mistakes
  • Pure and cloud – Block Store
    • supported on AWS and Azure

25:00  Pricing and Chargeback

  • Pricing and chargeback for different tiers can surprise customers
  • Pure provides customers with all prices and costs upfront
  • Specifics on new and rebranded products
  • Emphasis on Evergreen
  • New – Evergreen//Flex – subscription service

30:00  Where is everyone going?

  • as-a-Service is the choice for vendors
  • Pure’s secret sauce – data reduction
    • On-premises
    • In the cloud

35:00  What are those charges?

  • Customers are going all-in on cloud and but the invoice forces a rethink
  • Cloud migration and overwhelming options are making cloud harder
  • Too many options
  • It’s more about as-a-Service
  • Portworx discussion

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40:00  Portworx

  • API level integration
  • PDS – Portworx Data Services
  • Legacy workloads that can run in a container
  • Where will the VMware relationship go with the pending Broadcom purchase
  • NVIDIA partnership
  • What’s new with FlashBlade//S
  • Customers are excited about GPUs

46:00  Wrap-up!

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