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Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey On Beating VMware With ‘Openness’

“What VMware is going down the path of is what Microsoft went down the path of before [Microsoft CEO] Satya [Nadella] – all Windows, nothing but Windows and the fact that Microsoft apps are the only apps that matter,” said Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey in an interview with CRN.

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You just made Xi Leap services available on VMware ESXi. Talk about Nutanix’s open strategy here?

You basically can have a vSphere on-premise and Xi Leap off-premise. So the fact that we can do hybrid cloud with different hypervisors on both sides is growing our market in Xi Leap. We don’t expect people to have AHV on-premise and that’s the only way to do disaster recovery off-premise or something like that. So what we are really saying is, ‘Look, these are pieces of the puzzle and they all need to fit together.’ As oppose to us having this single stack, no one else’s apps work here and we don’t support anyone else’s apps -- that’s what we don’t want. What VMware is going down the path of is what Microsoft went down the path of before [Microsoft CEO] Satya [Nadella] – all Windows, nothing but Windows and the fact that Microsoft apps are the only apps that matter. What Microsoft has done in the last five or seven years is completely reverse that strategy because their apps work on everybody’s platform and their platform runs everybody’s apps and Linux and all the SaaS and PaaS platforms are open source. They’re all running on Microsoft Azure – not the Microsoft of ten years ago. In the past, Microsoft would only run their middleware, their databases, their operating systems and their software as a single stack. That’s the mistake that we don’t want to make. The [biggest difference between us and VMware] is openness and interoperability.

 
 
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