In the decade since coming out of stealth. Nutanix has done more to create the HCI market than any other vendor, and remains one of its dominant players with 20,000-plus customers and $1.4 billion in revenue in its last fiscal year.
But like its main HCI software rival VMware, Nutanix can no longer rely on virtual machine-dominated on-premises technology as the IT world shifts to cloud and containerized applications. During Nutanix .NEXT 2021, the HCI pioneer moved to position itself as a hybrid and multi-cloud player. Just as it collapsed and simplified the traditional three-tier IT architecture into one tier, it now wants to make it easy to storage and manage data across on-premises, private clouds and public clouds – whether its customers are using hypervisors or Kubernetes.
Achieving simplicity is much more difficult across on-prem and multiple cloud deployments. That requires Nutanix to rely on a wide range of partnerships while narrowing the focus of its own products. It is already playing catch-up to VMware, which can run its software stack on all three major public clouds.
Nutanix is planning to streamline its 21 products into three portfolio bands:
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