Chip George, Senior Director of State & Local Government and Education (SLED) at NetApp, has had an extensive career in IT, having been with NetApp since 2004, joining the team with many years prior IT experience and as a U.S. Navy veteran.


Now responsible for NetApp’s SLED Market, Chip takes the vast challenges that SLED agencies face very seriously as he promises to enable agencies to “manage their most important asset- their data.”


Continue reading below to see what Chip had to say.


Chip, thanks for sitting down with us! Can you tell us about your role at NetApp?

I am the Director for our State and Local Government, and Higher Education (SLED) business in the US. It is a great role. We have a terrific team spread across the country that is working closely every day with all levels of government and education entities to help them deliver better IT services to the citizens and students they serve.


Prior to joining NetApp you had another career. Tell us about your service in the armed forces. How did it prepare you for your career with NetApp?

Well, immediately prior to NetApp I worked for 10 years in other technology companies in various roles in engineering, sales and sales management. But, I did have the chance to serve in the US Navy, in the submarine force, for 5 years before that. The Navy teaches the value of hard work and personal sacrifice towards a common mission or goal and those are lessons that are valuable in any career. In a civilian company, it is difficult to replicate the mission that is so clear in the military. NetApp has always done a phenomenal job of taking care of its people and having an overall culture that values everyone’s input and effort. It is a fun culture to work in and makes me, and the whole team, want to work really hard and make sacrifices for our customers and this company.


What do you find most rewarding about working with public sector customers, what’s one of your favorite success stories?

Helping the people and organizations that are serving all of us is rewarding whether it is as citizens or students of all ages or as patients in university or state run hospitals. It is really enjoyable to be in a position where we win by staying focused on how our solutions will help the public servants we work with, from state and university CIO’s to county sheriff’s and mayors, deliver better capabilities to their constituents.


We are proud of so many of our successful long-term deployments in these areas such as the really creative cloud service that we helped California’s Natural Resources Agency put in place to deliver much faster, more flexible shared IT services and do this at huge cost savings of over 35%. We are also honored to have been selected recently as the storage solution for a very large scale 911 system upgrade. This is a massive system in a large metropolitan area, and it is obviously vital to citizen safety so reliability of the underlying infrastructure is absolutely paramount. We were chosen after an extensive review due to our demonstrated reliability, performance and scalability.


Tell us something about you that we can’t learn from your LinkedIn profile?

I live in a county that uses a ton of NetApp solutions, and my two wonderful kids go to school in a system that uses NetApp extensively – so the business relationships we have going at NetApp in the SLED market mean a great deal to me as they literally hit home.


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