ESG's Scott Sinclair interviews CIO Yousuf Khan of Pure Storage.
Scott: I'm in sunny Dallas, Texas, and I had a chance to talk to Yousuf Khan, CIO for Pure Storage. We talked about the role big data is playing in storage infrastructure.
Yousuf: In conversations with hundreds of CIOs, IT decision makers, IT directors, CSOs, as well as business leaders, one of the things that I've definitively seen as a common theme is the emergence of being able to put the data to work in a lot of these companies. Why is this basically happening? Well, we're seeing an emergence of demand for unstructured data, as well as structured data, because all of this data is being generated from all of these different form factors. It could be drones, it could be robotics, it could be IOT devices. And, when we're getting into a competitive space with a lot of these industries, they require you to make fast decisions. Those decisions are determined on correlating massive levels of data, whether it's Twitter Firehose, whether it's sales data, compensation, enablement of your employees, productivity gains, security logs. Putting all of that together, being able to merge it, being able to correlate it, being able to then distribute it, requires high performance infrastructure, it requires a team and full processes about putting the right guidance in place, and then being able to really engage with the management team to be able to help make their decisions.
So, this is a very common theme amongst the CIO community, and is definitively helping drive a lot of digital transformation in businesses today.