Thirty Minutes with Steven Poitras

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This week I am beginning a series of articles entitled “Thirty Minutes With…” because I wanted to expose you to the raw talent and genius not only here at Nutanix, but also in the Silicon Valley region. For those of you who have never worked for a Silicon Valley company before, you really should try it. The people are amazing. The culture is a breath of fresh air and the sheer genius of the people out here continue to boggle my mind. In this series you will hear from Dheeraj PandeySudheesh NairSteven Poitras and Suda Srinivasan. As I expand this I’ll have some other surprise guests and will announce those as soon as they are confirmed. This week’s installment will feature Steven Poitras, Principal Solutions Architect and creator of the Nutanix Bible. Continue reading

What an AMAZING week

DPUMXUWxThis is an exciting week because as I sit here in the San Francisco airport I am thinking over the incredible people I have spent this week with, and I am excited for the articles to come. I was blessed to be able to sit down with Nutanix Founder and CEO, Dheeraj Pandey, SVP for Sales and Business Development, Sudheesh Nair, Director of Product Marketing, Suda Srinivasan and Solutions Architect, Steven Poitras. Over the coming weeks I will be sharing articles on my time with each of them. I think you will find them as interesting and as insightful as I did. Until then, this is Memorial Day Weekend. Please take time out to remember the fallen. This is their weekend.

Back in the Saddle at Nutanix

San-Jose-California-1_photoGood Morning from beautiful San Jose, CA. This is home to some of the most innovative companies in the world, including Nutanix, my new home. Over the next few posts I’ll be sharing more about Nutanix from a slightly different approach, because there are plenty of tech blogs. What I will be sharing with you will be more from a culture standpoint as it relates to innovation and business, and why after all these years, Silicon Valley still manages to attract the best and the brightest. Continue reading

Software-Defined Everything

Page CloudI saw an article recently on ComputerWeekly.com that suggested that while “Software-Defined” is an exciting trend that is gaining momentum, 2015 will not be the year of software-defined everything. I certainly can’t read the minds of the powers that be, but if what I see is any indication of things to come, 2015 will be a heck of a year for software-defined everything regardless of how much marketshare is taken from the hardware folks. Continue reading

Is Open Source Still Relevant?

open-source-logoThe other day I was in Toronto, Canada’s Pearson Airport after a long trip from Israel. I was enjoying a cold drink when I overheard a couple of guys talking tech. My ears perked up, because the words, Linux and Open Source were used in the same sentence. Cool…but then one guy said “Sure, but does Open Source really matter any more?” That got me thinking. Continue reading

Hyperconvergence (or Back to the Future, Part Deux)

NO3N2Getting in on the latest “thing” is always interesting, especially when you take some time and look back at old YouTube videos of presentations at various trade shows. That is when you can really see what was reality, and what was not. In the case of hyperconvergence we see that the idea of going back to the commodity platform and building a webscale infrastructure was not only dead-on, but it is drastically picking up steam at a break-neck pace in many environments that were formerly very traditional in their approach. Continue reading

The State of the Community…

communitygrants.197120436_stdFirst of all, before I get started I must apologize. It’s been a long time since I wrote. Things have been moving at lightning pace with ScaleIO and the world of Software Defined Storage that frankly, time just got past me. But as I start this first posting of 2015 I wanted to jump back about, oh…fifteen years, and look at the “Community” that was in many respects started by the Linux and Open Source movement, and how it as impacted so much of our day-to-day life both inside and outside of tech. Continue reading