NetApp Hires Brad Anderson to Lead Their Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit

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NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) has announced the appointment of Brad Anderson as senior vice president and general manager (GM) of the NetApp Cloud Infrastructure business unit. Most recently he was president and chief operating officer of Gravitant, a cloud service brokerage platform company that was acquired by IBM in 2015.

Reporting to NetApp CEO George Kurian, Brad Anderson would be instrumental in driving the strategy and the execution that are necessary to give customers a framework for their cloud-architected data centers. These data centers can then deliver cloud services for innovative applications in private and service-provider models.

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“I am excited to join NetApp, a market-leading company that’s well positioned to help customers accelerate their digital transformation and unleash the power of their data,” said Brad Anderson. “NetApp’s unified portfolio of CI and HCI solutions addresses the needs of diverse customers as they build cloud-architected data centers for next-generation applications.”

Mr. Anderson was at HP Compaq for nine years as the senior vice president and general manager of Industry Standard Servers, leading the $8 billion x86 server business. He spent seven years as president and general manager of Dell‘s $12 billion Enterprise Solutions Group, leading servers, storage, networking and software businesses. Most recently he was president and chief operating officer of Gravitant, a cloud service brokerage platform company. Anderson holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Converged Infrastructure

The NetApp Cloud Infrastructure business unit focuses on a portfolio of offerings that help customers build cloud infrastructure, including converged infrastructure (CI) solutions like FlexPod, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), NetApp SolidFire all-flash arrays, and NetApp StorageGRID object-based storage.

“Brad understands how to focus an organization to evolve rapidly in response to a dynamic market and has a track record of turning multiple emerging products into multimillion- and billion-dollar businesses,” said NetApp CEO George Kurian. “He brings the leadership experience that we need to both shape direction and leads the company-wide execution that is necessary to further expand our Cloud Infrastructure business.”

“Bringing Brad on board is further proof of our commitment to expanding our leadership talent and capabilities,” added Kurian. “It also demonstrates to the industry our serious commitment to establishing a leadership role in helping customers build their next-generation data centers with our best-in-class converged infrastructure and hyper-converged infrastructure solutions.”