This past week Nutanix held its first annual .NEXT user conference. Over 1, 000 customers, partners and employees were in attendance. The biggest announcement from the hyper convergence company was the announcement of Nutanix Acropolis – their KVM based hypervisor and the Nutanix Xtreme Computing Platform (XCP), which is powered by Acropolis and the Nutanix Prism UI. Many see this is as a slap in the face to VMware (who noticeably was not in attendance) others see this as a next step in the software defined evolution of enterprise level technology. Its hard to determine where announcements like this will take us as an industry.
I used to call myself a Server guy, VMware guy or more recently Virtualization guy. As technologies converge (see what I did there) I don’t think I can use those labels anymore. I like the term Technologist. It’s fitting for the “Swiss army knives” we’ve become. The traditional silos are breaking down in IT and as our customers are required to wear multiple hats so are we. During the conference, Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey said it best, “While our competitors focus on us, we are focusing on our customers”
This year we were awarded the Nutanix Federal Partner of the Year award for the second year in a row. Customer focus remains number one here at DH Tech.