What is Pied Piper Anyway?

Image courtesy of HBO

Season Three of HBO’s Silicon Valley continued to build on two solid seasons and drawing more fans. For those of us who actually work in tech, I think we can appreciate the humor more than your average non-tech crowd. I have said on more than one occasion that the show mimicked real life in more ways than one, and that when you study the challenged that the crew of Pied Piper has to overcome, it is not unlike the challenges real-life tech firms face on a daily basis. When I sat down with Sudheesh Nair, President of Nutanix, Inc. he said “Hyperconvergence was never the end game. It was simply a pitstop on the journey.” He could not have said it any better.I am constantly amazed at the stories I read about the company that I work for. We still have people calling Nutanix a storage company. Hopefully now that we are a public company people see what Wall Street sees. We are an infrastructure company. Hardware…Got it. Hypervisor…check. I guess all that is needed now is the application, and that is where you come in.

I have worked at a lot of companies in my time, and all, for the most part suffered from the same sickness…they struggled to find their own identity in a constantly shifting tech market. I can safely say that Nutanix has not struggled in that field because we know exactly who and what we are. We don’t look side to side to see what everyone else is doing to make sure they don’t pass us up like Hooli’s CEO, Gavin Belson, and we don’t look back. We keep our eyes on the prize…making the best hyperconverged solution on the planet.

As 2016 comes to an end I had to look back at what I have been able to be a part of this year, and I am still grateful to Dheeraz Pandey and the management team at Nutanix for letting me be a part of this adventure, Pre and Post IPO. 2017 is going to be an epic year, so buckle up. It’s going to be a wild ride!


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