Nutanix, a decade on and going deeper

Nutanix leadership says its people are key to how the infrastructure management player is enabling cloud portability

"You are constantly balancing the paradoxes of humility and fierce resolve towards how you get things done," Dheeraj Pandey, CEO and founder of cloud computing software firm Nutanix told a room of CIOs and CTOs. Speaking at last week's .Next Nutanix summit for its community in Copenhagen, Pandey reflected on the San Jose, California firm's 10th year in business, the challenges and opportunities ahead.

"It is ok not to be a household name, but an up and coming brand," Pandey told IDG Connect when challenged on Nutanix not having strong brand recognition amongst CIOs and CTOs. "The CIO community is just starting to see who we are and how we help them innovate. Our awareness has really gone up this year," he said.

"You would rather have people not know you rather than not try you. So we are in a space of people learning about Nutanix and trying us," Pandey added.

Founded in 2009 Nutanix has become a byword for infrastructure management software as its applications aim to make infrastructure invisible and allow a CIO's teams to manage multi-cloud environments from the datacentre into the enterprise and now increasingly parts of the business and operations far removed from the central headquarters, often dubbed the edge.

Two announcements in Copenhagen added to the focus on integrating infrastructure to the point of invisibility, both of which are in themselves integrations. The Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platform is now integrated into the ServiceNow IT Operations Management solution, allowing ServiceNow using organisations to automate the deployments of private cloud workflows. Notification of incidents within a Nutanix HCI are delivered via the ServiceNow platform as a result. 

Nutanix also used Copenhagen to add more detail to its relationship with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), which was announced in April 2019. In the Danish capital Nutanix revealed that the HPE integrated hybrid cloud-as-a-service HPE GreenLake is available for Nutanix, which the duo believe will offer CIOs and technology partners increased choice in how they build a hybrid cloud deployment.

Talking to analysts and members of the press at .Next Pandey made the analogy that the economy has been disrupted by asset light organisations and referred to the commonly used poster children of Uber and Amazon. Pandey said cloud infrastructure management tools provide CIOs with the same asset light approach to making the most of the cloud assets available to them.

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