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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’s your thoughts on the virtualization tax, or what you call ‘vTax’?

The idea of paying for a hypervisor, it’s pretty archaic now. In the public cloud, you don’t pay for hypervisor and you don’t upgrade a hypervisor explicitly as a customer. Those things are supposed to be invisible. Similarly, if you just virtualize compute and continue to use a three-tier stack, you’re still paying a big tax because it’s not interesting just to virtualized compute by itself – you have to virtualize storage, security, networking – and bring it all together without six different panes of glass. You know that by itself is a big, big tax on virtualization today, where you have all these panes of glass and different products that don’t talk to each other. How do you bring them all under one umbrella where a single generalist, maybe a cloud operations generalist, can manage an entire infrastructure. In this hybrid cloud world, why would you want to take legacy tools and legacy software into a new world of the public cloud? … That is also a tax that you continue to pay in a new world that is supposed to be a place where infrastructure is invisible.

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