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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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What spurred you to write your ‘Stop Being A Bully, VMware!’ post?

It was born out of these emails that the customers were actually starting to send us saying, ‘I feel like this [message from VMware] is oppressive.’ Somebody had to respond to this bullying. The customers felt a little helpless because obviously they are running a business. At some level, if someone says, ‘Look you either behave or else,’ and all of a sudden there are ultimatums -- it’s that thing that gave rise to this blog of mine. I said, ‘Look, people can’t just take advantage of other people behind closed doors, behind these emails that on one hand sound very nice, but on the other hand have all these vague threats in them.’ It’s just not right. Somebody’s got to fight on behalf of the customer. The rest of my blog is putting it all together. I did it in a matter of three or four hours.

 
 
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