CRN Exclusive: Pivotal Software's Chad Sakac Says His Job Is To 'Make PKS The Most Successful Kubernetes Enterprise Platform On The Planet'


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Bringing Pivotal To Dell EMC VMware

Chad Sakac, one the storage industry's best-known technologists and a longtime fixture at Dell EMC, surprised pretty much everyone by stepping away from storage and moving to a newly created position at Pivotal Software.

Sakac's prior role as president of Dell EMC's Converged Platforms and Solutions Division ended in January when the company split that business between its server and storage teams. In February, he announced his plan to join Pivotal Software.

But while you can take the man out of storage, you can't take the storage out of the man. Sakac is staying close to the Dell Technologies family with a focus on integrating the Pivotal Container Service and Pivotal Cloud Foundation with the rest of the company.

Bridging the new and the old is nothing new for Sakac. He previously led the charge to bring Dell EMC storage and VMware virtualization technologies together in VMware's hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) business.

CRN caught up with Sakac a short time before Pivotal Software filed for its IPO to talk with him about why Dell Technologies broke up its converged and hyper-converged infrastructure business and how he hopes to tie Pivotal with the rest of Dell Technologies. Here's what he had to say.




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