What to expect from Nutanix .NEXT Europe 2016, Vienna

Darling of the hyperconvergence set Nutanix is set to host its .NEXT Europe conference, exhibition, symposium and all round shindig next week in the European capital city jewel that is Vienna, Austria.

But, says Nutanix, don’t just think of us as ‘the hyperconvergence company’ – although ‘okay, we did kind of help coin the term and carve the definition’ of what it means to bring together software-defined operations at this level.

No says Nutanix, think of us as the hyperconvergence, cloud architecture, web-scale engineering and datacentre automation company… yeah, all of that.

So is the firm being greedy? Has it bitten off more backoffce-bytes than it can chew? Can it validate its technology proposition in its new post-IPO status to satisfy the a) market b) the partners and c) the implementation practitioners and users?

Digging into what pre-details we can access for the event itself, the firm points to the fact that this is the first ever .NEXT conference in Europe, after similar events have been staged in Miami (2015) and Las Vegas (2016).

In terms of the future of enterprise architecture, Nutanix says it will be looking at enterprise datacentre operations and what the enterprise cloud platform really means.

CEO, co-founder and chairman of Nutanix Dheeraj Pandey will be in attendance to discuss how and why he wanted to see the firm first established in 2009 with a vision that Nutanix could transform enterprise computing by making IT infrastructure simple.


According to Nutanix, “We will examine the future of equal IT: profiting from diversity in the tech world. As market forces transform industries to favour technological skills, women only hold 26 percent of all tech jobs, a figure that plummets to 5 percent in leadership positions. Kate Russell, one of the UK’s most influential women in technology will explore how addressing unconscious bias can attract the best female talent and tip the balance in favour of successful business.”

Even more digital disruption

In terms of the future of digital disruption, Nutanix says it will focus on how can we anticipate the unexpected threats brought on by technological advances that could devastate our business.

“What are the typical disruption factors? How can you be ready to take on the right solution at the right time? Join Art Langer, director of the Center for Technology Management at Columbia University and chart your strategy,” enthuses the company.

Other areas Nutanix will cover include:

  • Future of CIO: Attendees are invited to join Ben Verwaayen, former CEO of telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent, for an intimate fireside chat on how today’s leaders can survive and thrive amidst political and technological uncertainty, the evolving role of the CIO and creating a future-ready company with limited budget.

Nutanix says that Ben will draw on his experience leading some of Europe’s most influential companies including Alcatel-Lucent, BT PLC, KPN Telcom and Lucent Technologies.

  • Future of Big Data Apps: Attendees are also invited to join two veteran Nutanix solutions architects and an IT professional in a technical presentation to learn proven best practices for running popular big data workloads, such as Splunk and Hadoop, on a Nutanix scale-out architecture and the Acropolis Hypervisor.

The promo for the above says that attendees will find out how to architect the best environment for apps and scale deployments to handle increasing data ingest rates and ever-increasing expectations for high performance. Attendees will learn useful tips on how to fully leverage the Nutanix distributed storage fabric, with details on data tiering, EC-X erasure coding, disk balancing, and more. (customer presenting: Swisslos)