Betting on Nutanix’s Transition to SaaS and the Hybrid Cloud

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Nutanix IPO, 2016

Our Investment Thesis

Nutanix has a customer-first culture and a best-of-breed software suite that allows it to capture share in markets bolstered by the largest macro trend in IT: the shift to the cloud. The market fails to give Nutanix due credit for its impressive software metrics because of its historical background selling hardware appliances through perpetual licenses.

As Nutanix is in the midst of product transformations and parallel subscription pricing, we believe the market underestimates the company’s potential to up-sell its installed customer base, as well as expand across its new public cloud partnerships with Azure and AWS.

The addition of industry…

Written by: Abena Anim-Somuah and Dana Iverson

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