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Nutanix’s Dheeraj Pandey: ‘A Furlough Is Reversible, A Layoff Is Not’

‘Coming out of the COVID-19 crisis, we think we’ll be perfectly placed to be one of the largest, and honest, hybrid cloud subscription software companies in the world,’ says Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey.

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Pandey On Furloughs And A Bullish Post-COVID-19 Future

Nutanix founder and CEO Dheeraj Pandey said temporarily furloughing 1,465 employees is a “reversible” move, not permanent, that was made to “minimize any customer service impact” amid economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve thoughtfully taken steps to help minimize the long-term impact to our employees and our customers, given how incomplete the information in front of us was,” said Pandey in an email interview with CRN. “A furlough is reversible, a layoff is not. Period.”

The San Jose, Calif.-based hyperconverged software and hybrid cloud specialist company has implemented two separate, one-week unpaid furloughs effecting at least 1,465 employees.

In an interview with CRN, Pandey talks about the thought process behind the company’s furloughing strategy, wanting to “renew our offer to work with VMware” on Nutanix’s AHV hypervisor, his advice to channel partners, as well as why Nutanix will come out of the coronavirus pandemic stronger than ever.  

“Corporate initiatives around remote work, hands-free IT automation, disaster recovery, and lift-n-shift to public cloud data centers will be some of the pillars of a crisis-triggered digital transformation, and we believe we will be at the center of these conversations, in conjunction with our best partners,” he said. “Coming out of the COVID-19 crisis, we think we’ll be perfectly placed to be one of the largest and honest hybrid cloud subscription software companies in the world.”  

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