Companies are transforming and growing their business through technology. Today, organizations are digitizing almost everything they do. Data is their primary currency and they focus on managing, accessing and moving it effectively and efficiently.
The recent pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation paradigm as these extraordinary circumstances have forced companies across all sectors to make IT and digital transformation top priorities. It is clear that modernizing their IT infrastructure, managing their applications and finding the most efficient ways to meet the digital demands of their customers and employees are at the heart of IT leaders’ concerns about the whole world.
With the largest US IPO of 2016 and the ability to grow its business to over $1 billion in revenue, Nutanix is now recognized as one of the world’s cloud leaders in enterprise computing, supporting more than 20,000 companies worldwide in their digital transformation. Recently in Paris for a few days, CEO Rajiv Ramaswami shared his views on the IT challenges businesses face today, the impact of the recent pandemic and the opportunities the cloud offers.
“The recent pandemic has increased the need for mission-critical IT,” said Rajiv Ramaswami. “Over the past two years, Nutanix’s solutions have been critical for companies looking to modernize their IT infrastructure and meet the digital demands of their customers and remote employees. The company was the first to help companies of all sizes around the world build a simplified IT infrastructure with one-click operations. Going forward, as enterprises shift more to the cloud, the hyperconvergence and hybrid cloud specialist focuses on removing the complexity of managing multiple clouds.
Rajiv Ramaswami explains that while he has seen some changes in specific industries and countries, companies continue to modernize their data centers to a three-tier architecture, run more mission-critical applications, and increasingly expand their workloads to the cloud. The cloud has really taken off because it has made it very easy to subscribe to the complex technology that businesses need to run their applications and store their data. However, with growing cloud needs comes a desire for choice. The market is moving rapidly towards working across multiple clouds, whether it be a major cloud provider or a customer-owned data center. Companies want to control costs, governance and compliance.
For Nutanix, the cloud is a business model, not a destination. Rajiv Ramaswami explains that his company’s mission is to take the complexity out of multicloud and enable customers to focus on their bottom line. Businesses should be able to choose the location that best suits their needs and budget. Interestingly, in a recent Cloud Index survey conducted on behalf of Nutanix by Vanson Bourne, 83% of IT professionals in France said hybrid multicloud was their preferred model.
Companies choose to run their applications in multiple clouds and want a “hybrid multicloud” infrastructure because it gives them choice and flexibility. However, operating multiple clouds is a complex process and companies are looking for ways to simplify and make their infrastructure as transparent as possible. Rajiv Ramaswami concludes that simplifying complexity creates a huge opportunity for value creation. “At Nutanix, we provide a platform that brings the simplicity of a single cloud subscription to multiple clouds; we call it the “Hybrid multicloud”. This is the market we are targeting and together with our core market represents a $60 billion market opportunity by 2025.”