VMware-Nutanix Rivalry Heats Up
The rivalry between VMware and Nutanix in the hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) market turned up a notch in 2018 and is being taken even further this year.
“I think Nutanix has sort of reached the end of their strategy. Where do they go from here?” said Gelsinger in a recent interview with CRN. “With their offerings, [Nutanix’s] ability to scale further from where they are is a challenge. I think our scale and capacity is almost unlimited [in] where we’re going from where we already are. ... We’ve been building on our position with VxRail with vSAN. We respect Nutanix as a competitor, they helped create the category, but now I’d say we have a better product, a better strategy and a much better vision of where that’s going.”
Earlier this year, Nutanix CEO and founder Dheeraj Pandey said he needed to take a stand against alleged bullying tactics from VMware towards Nutanix customers. He wrote a popular blog dubbed, ‘Stop Being A Bully, VMware!’ The two companies have traded barbs this year from everything from acquisition strategies to customer mindshare.
VMware is the worldwide market share leading with 41 percent share in terms of hyper-converged systems based on HCI software, according to first quarter 2019 data from IDC, followed by Nutanix at 29 percent share.