Nutanix, Software Defined Storage Players and My VMworld Sessions!

I should be on leave this week in preparation for the marathon during next two weeks, but I am not. I am rather working furiously on a number of different Nutanix partnerships and announcements. BTW – Big Nutanix announcement coming sometime next week. Next week is also the Nutanix SKO ‘Sales KickOff’ and this time it’s happening in Vegas at they ARIA. I hope I get some recovery time over the next weekend because right after Nutanix SKO is that time again, VMworld. As always VMworld will happen as if it was a blur… so many conversations, interactions, sessions and parties. It’s always nice to see friends and colleagues that otherwise I would only communicate via twitter and email.

Nutanix is coming big for this VMworld. The Nutanix party seems to be the party that people are looking forward the most. Unfortunately tickets are sold-out with over 1,000 people attending the party. Since it’s sold-out I will not talk about the party, but if you signed-up I hope to see you there. Quick-tip – clever ones apparently ended up scoring tickets.



Nutanix is also giving away fantastic prizes, including an awesome Emperor home office/gaming chair with three 24″ monitors, Xbox One, Two Xbox One wireless controllers and Xbox One chat headset worth approximately $20K. Check it out here how to win!



Software Defined Storage is the HOT topic for this VMworld, followed by Software Defined Networking. I expect to see announcement in these two areas by VMware and many of the partners and players in this market. It’s all good stuff and often times its good for customers when there’s cooperation and coopetition. It’s all good, everybody wins!

In this spirit I am of the opinion that if you are looking for a SDS solution you should check all your options and make the best choice for your organization, while thinking about budget (CAPEX and OPEX), simplicity and management, technology leadership in the SDS space, long term relationship, hardware dependency, and any other aspects you believe are important for your business. So, if you want to learn why not every SDS and hyper-converged solution is built equal here are the technical sessions you should attend.

STO1279 – Virtual SAN Architecture Deep Dive (VMware VSAN)

This session will cover the architecture of Virtual SAN (VSAN) and the technical details of the various functional components of the product. You will learn about VSAN’s clustering and scalability properties; about the algorithms used to distribute data across the cluster so as to meet the availability and performance requirements of applications; about the distributed protocols utilized to guarantee data availability and integrity under any combination of component failures. You will hear how VSAN achieves all that while consuming very low CPU and memory resources on ESXi hosts. The session will also highlight the integration of VSAN with the rest of vSphere, including features such as HA, DRS, (s)vMotion, vSphere Replication and many more.
Christian Dickmann – Staff Engineer, VMware
Christos Karamanolis – Principal Engineer, VMware


STP3266 – Web-Scale Converged Infrastructure for Enterprise (Nutanix)

Virtualization in today’s datacenter has evolved beyond simple consolidation and high availability. The prospects of creating one’s own scalable private cloud environment has many organizations looking for the right IT server and storage infrastructure to use as the foundation.

Join us on a technical discussion on the building a software defined datacenter using the ideal compute and storage infrastructure. We will explore the requirements for web-scale converged infrastructure to use as the foundation for your software defined datacenter environment. We will also discuss best practices and examples of running tier 1 databases and applications such as SQL Server and Exchange, applications and infrastructure servers, and virtual desktops on the 100% software-defined Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform.

Josh Odgers – Sr. Solutions and Performance Engineer, Nutanix, VCDX

Monday, Aug 25, 11:20 AM – 11:40 AM
Solutions Exchange Theater Booth 1901


STO3018-SPO – Making IT Real: VM-Centric Data Protection and Multi-site DR (Simplivity)

Backup and disaster recovery are perennial pain points – especially as organizations virtualize more workloads and are faced with relentless data growth. The post-virtualization data center requires a different approach—one that handily meets RTO and RPO objectives while lowering cost and complexity. SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure provides integrated backup and bandwidth-efficient replication to capture and transfer backup sets within and between data centers and public cloud repositories like Amazon Web Services. SimpliVity’s VM-centric data protection approach enables powerful policies, actions and reporting on a per VM basis, simplifying IT and operations, and uniquely enabling data mobility and efficiency. By eliminating additional backup hardware and tools, and driving unprecedented efficiencies via deduplication, compression and optimization of data at inception, SimpliVity contributes to dramatic upfront capital and ongoing operational cost savings. Attend this session to learn how deploying SimpliVity’s hyper-converged infrastructure helps to achieve robust, scalable and highly efficient backup and disaster recovery strategies.
Jesse St. Laurent – VP Product Strategy, SimpliVity


Really looking forward to VMworld. Where can you find me in between lots of customer and partner meetings? I have a number of short duration sessions (20min) with Nutanix partners in the EUC space. Here are the sessions where you may come talk to me and learn more about how Nutanix and the partner ecosystem integrate and provide benefits to customers. Looking forward to meeting you!


  • Mon 04:00pm – Nutanix and Unidesk     Where: Unidesk Booth
  • Tue 11:40am – Nutanix and Lakeside Software     Where: Lakeside Software Booth
  • Tue 12:00pm – Nutanix and AppSense     Where: AppSense Booth
  • Wed 11:30am – Nutanix and Unidesk     Where: Nutanix Booth
  • Wed 01:15pm – Nutanix and AppSense     Where: Nutanix Booth


I hope you have a great VMworld and I looking forward to catching up with many of you.


This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at

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