The final day included the following:
Morning Keynote: The speakers included Lou Attanasio (Nutanix), Dr. Brene Brown (University of Houston) and Sherry Lautenbach (Nutanix).
Lou and Sherry recognized customers by honoring them with a .NEXT Award for their efforts in IT but also for giving back to their respective communities.
Dr. Brown then took the stage to discuss leadership and the qualities required to become an effective leader. More about Dr. Brown and her accomplishments can be found here.
Session 1: Making Workload Migrations Easy and Painless. The speakers included Jeremy Launier (Nutanix), Joshua Lukes (Itron Inc.), Prabhu Rambadran (Nutanix) and Vandana Rao (Nutanix). The discussion was focused around simplifying hybrid cloud migrations.
Session 2: Containerizing Your Enterprise Applications. The speaker for this session as Tim Mackey (Synopsys Software Integrity Group) and his role is the Technology Evangelist.
Session 3: IOT with Intelligent Edge. The speakers included Amit Jain (Nutanix) and Akhilesh Joshi (Nutanix). This discussion included IoT use cases, how to prepare for IoT and a IoT demo.
Special Appearance by Anthony Bourdain. Known for his colorful language, traveling the world and love for food. His keynote discussed various topics which included being a risk taker, culture and his thoughts on food.
Community Tech Talks: I attended a variety of community tech talks in the Community Lounge which were hosted by my good friend Angelo Luciani.
The theme behind the 2018 .NEXT conference was Nutanix – Freedom
The keynotes can be found here but they do not include Anthony Bourdain’s.
Pictures from day 3 can be found here.
Lastly, I’d like to recognize Angelo, Nutanix, the vCommunity, and the many others for allowing me to join them for this wonderful event. Without their support, the ability to succeed as an IT professional is more challenging but when we have a wonderful support system that we commonly refer to as the vCommunity, the possibilities are endless and the power of the human spirit will prevail and encourage us all to do what’s best for one another. Finally, I leave you with this quote:
“For fate has a way of charting its own course, but before one surrenders to the hands of destiny, one might consider the power of the human spirit and the force that lies in one’s own free will”