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Nutanix CEO Pandey Talks ‘Standing Up’ To VMware And ‘Archaic’ vTax

“Somebody had to respond to this bullying. The customers felt a little helpless because obviously they are running a business,” said Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey, regarding his recent ‘Stop Being A Bully, VMware!’ blog post.

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Taking A Stand

Nutanix founder and CEO Dheeraj Pandey says he needed to take a stand against alleged bullying tactics from VMware towards Nutanix customers.

Pandey told CRN that Nutanix customers have reached out to the hyper-converged infrastructure pioneer after being contacted via LinkedIn by VMware’s chief operating officer Sanjay Poonen. VMware’s COO messaged customers in response to Nutanix’s recent marketing campaign encouraging business to stop paying virtualization taxes that features quotes from several Nutanix customers. VMware declined to comment on the matter. VMware, which is part of Dell Technologies, both partners and competes with Nutanix such as in the hypervisor market.

In a recent post from Pandey, dubbed ‘Stop Being A Bully, VMware!’, the CEO posted a message that a Nutanix customer received from Poonen that said, “I wanted to let you know that your name and your company’s brand is being used in a vitriolic anti-VMware and anti-Dell campaign by Nutanix,” referring to Nutanix’s marketing campaign. “We totally respect that customers might pick different technologies, and maybe you prefer Nutanix for hyperconvergence in your IT systems, and in your partner practice, over VMware. Yet … this ad campaign is a frontal attack on BOTH VMware and Dell, and they are using your company brand in this vitriolic campaign. … I would humbly ask if you can ask for your name to be removed from this vitriolic Nutanix campaign.”

Pandey talks to CRN about his message to VMware.

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