Nutanix CEO Taking On VMware With Red Hat Linux, OpenShift
‘Who’s the leading provider in enterprise Kubernetes? It’s Red Hat. And we are the leading provider of HCI. So you put those two things together, obviously, you get a platform that’s really good and very competitive in the marketplace,’ Nutanix CEO Rajiv Ramaswami tells CRN.
How important is this partnership regarding the Kubernetes market landscape and competition with VMware and others?
Customers are building modern applications using Kubernetes. Red Hat is a leading provider of enterprise Kubernetes with their OpenShift platform. If you look at combining the best of breed Red Hat Kubernetes solution with a best of breed infrastructure solution provider like Nutanix - now customers get a good deal together that’s fully integrated, fully validated, fully certified and a fully supported solution. This lets customers build a hybrid cloud stack that they can run both the existing virtualization applications, as well as new cloud native applications.
When channel partners take this into the market, they get to put these two things together and deliver a complete full stack to a customer looking to build out and run modern apps in addition to traditional applications. So one platform that supports all kinds of applications.
Number two: we are mutually preferred, where Red Hat prefers our HCI platform to run their stack and we prefer their enterprise Kubernetes OpenShift offering to run on our stack. What that means is better integration, better out of the box support, and all of that. Channel partners can now lead with both of those together and sell a complete solution to their customers.
The other aspect of it for us as AHV is now fully certified with RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux). So as customers are looking to broaden their use of AHV inside their environment, they know now that any Linux workloads running on RHEL can be supported fully on Nutanix platform. So I think in those both respects, this is going to be super good for customers as they look to create a best in class platform to run all their workloads. … This partnership provides customers with a full stack platform to build, scale and manage containerized and virtualized cloud native applications in a hybrid multi-cloud environment.