Last week, Dell and Nutanix announced a new OEM partnership that will see Dell introduce a new line of converged appliances running the Nutanix OS. The XC series will be available in the forth quarter of this year, and will be based on PowerEdge servers.
I have been a fan of Nutanix for quite some time and think that this could be a rather good relationship on both ends. Dell will benefit from a rapidly maturing solution that is showing a quick adoption rate among small to medium businesses, and Nutanix will benefit from Dell’s deep channel network that could create more exposure to enterprise customers.
Nutanix has a great product offering and from a branding perspective, blows away Dells current Active System and VRTX offerings. If Dell want’s to get serious about a converged offering, this is the way to do it and I would not be surprised if I’m writing about Dell turning this into an acquisition at the same time next year.