Nutanix CCO: VMware ‘Makes Us Better, Not Bitter;’ HPE Partnership Hits ‘Warp Speed’
Nutanix Chief Commercial Officer Tarkan Maner talks to CRN about competition with VMware and how Nutanix will eventually offer all of its emerging products on HPE GreenLake.
How is your HPE partnership helping Nutanix in terms of market competition against VMware?
First of all, competition makes us better, not bitter. It’s good for customers and it’s good for channel partners. We also partner in some ways with VMware.
What is very important is our flexibility and choice. We are hypervisor-agnostic. We have our own hypervisor with AHV, but we still support ESXi as well as Hyper-V. So customers and channel partners have multiple choices. For example, our new announcement with Era is a multi-database offering.
This world is changing super-fast with legacy applications and cloud-native applications with cloud services, micro-services for the next era, etc. In that context, customers are now deploying various databases to manage those mission-critical applications and develop new applications—from Oracle to SQL Server on one side, to PostGresSQL, MariaDB, MongoDB and SAP HANA on the other side. So this offering now not only gives you choice in the hypervisor as a platform, but also for the developers, which is key.