6 .NEXT Breakout Speakers You Don’t Want to Miss!

September 20, 2021 | min

.NEXT 2021 is just around the corner, and it’s time to build your agendas!

If you’re new to .NEXT and don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered. This year our program is full of thought-provoking content, jam-packed into 47, 30-minute Nutanix led breakout sessions delivered by 70 of our Nutanix experts.

Given the breadth of content, we’ve put together a list of the must-see speakers you won’t want to miss!

Greg White

Greg holds over 20 years of experience in the Tech Industry and this November, he will celebrate his 5 year anniversary at Nutanix as a Senior Director of Solutions Marketing.

Presenting externally is nothing new for Greg. He’s had the opportunity to speak at a plethora of global events such as SAP Sapphire NOW, Oracle OpenWorld, Microsoft Ignite, and SUSEcon. At Nutanix, he has attended and participated in a total of 7 .NEXT conferences; 5 in person and 2 digital.

“Some of my favorite moments at .NEXT will always consist of the Keynotes, because you learn so much! I also really enjoy taking part in the EBC’s because I get to engage with customers on a personal level. When in person, .NEXT never disappoints. .NEXT has great vibes all around, especially at the evening events and .NEXT Afterparty where we can socialize with customers, partners and colleagues.”

This year, he took on a new challenge holding the role of one of our track leads. Not only will you find him speaking in a breakout session, but also helping to curate and select content for the entire ‘Building, Running, and Modernizing Apps’ track.

Tune in to breakout session Standing at the Edge: Delivering Applications and Use Cases for ROBO and Edge Environments to watch Greg and Principal Product Manager, Ken Ka Ho Chan talk about the latest and greatest with Edge Computing.

Maria Alejandra Ali

Maria is one of our newest additions to the team here at Nutanix. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Maria joined Nutanix a little over 6 months ago and is currently paving the way for End User Computing (EUC) as a Senior Solutions Marketing Manager.

Maria started her journey in the tech world straight out of college in 2011 where she was introduced to the End User Computing world through the Citrix college recruitment program. From there, she transitioned into other roles within inside sales, sales enablement, and field marketing organizations. By working closely with customers in her previous roles, she was able to better understand their needs.

“This gave me the opportunity to truly “fall in love” with the tech industry, and prepared me for taking on the challenge to join Nutanix and be part of a team that has that ‘customer-first’ mindset in everything we do.”

Although new to Nutanix, Maria is no stranger to the industry. She’s participated in several internal enablement sessions throughout her career, including this year’s Nutanix Sales Kick-Off. With .NEXT being her first official external speaking debut, she is definitely a must-see rising star! Be sure to tune in to Maria by adding End User Computing in a Hybrid Multicloud World to your .NEXT agenda.

Sean Roth

Sean Roth

Sean’s two year anniversary at Nutanix is just around the corner. He has over 12 years of experience in enterprise IT, and now leads product marketing for Nutanix AHV, Karbon, and Cloud Native solutions.

Prior to joining Nutanix, Sean has been a featured speaker at several global industry events, including Les Assises de la Sécurité in Monaco (2016), ContainerWorld (2018) and Cloud Native Storage Day (KubeCon Europe, 2019).

In addition to being a presenter at this year’s .NEXT conference, Sean also worked behind the scenes as a lead for the ‘Building, Running, and Modernizing Apps’ track.

“As a co-track lead, I had the chance to work with many of the presenters as they built their session material. In that capacity, I got a first-hand look at all of the thought and hard work my colleagues put into creating sessions that customers would find interesting and informative.”

Sean has also played a role in helping to select and curate content for this year’s .NEXT. Here is what Sean is looking forward to most at the conference:

“At .NEXT, I’m really looking forward to engaging with our customers and partners. This year, I’m particularly excited that our recently-announced strategic partnership with Red Hat will be a big highlight of the conference. Attendees will get to hear more about the partnership from both Nutanix and Red Hat executives, and they’ll also have a chance to see how the certified solutions we’re bringing to market can help them achieve their IT and business goals.”

Make sure to catch Sean’s breakout sessions by adding Building the Right Foundation for Kubernetes and Cloud-Native Apps and Simplifying Kubernetes Lifecycle Management with Karbon to your .NEXT agenda.

Sarah Hernandez

Sarah joined Nutanix in July of 2016 and is currently on the Prism Pro team as a Senior Product Manager.

As one of our more seasoned .NEXT speakers, Sarah has attended .NEXT in London, Anaheim, Copenhagen and virtually for .NEXT Digital 2020. A few of her favorite .NEXT experience’s are being a part of the . keynote team and her role with the Ask an Engineer booth in London and Anaheim.

“I loved getting to spend a full day talking to customers at the Ask an Engineer booth in London, when we first launched our X-Play automation feature. That experience drove me to explore switching careers from development to product management, which I'm so happy I did!”

Sarah also had the opportunity to run a handful of the in person and interactive Hands on Labs in both Anaheim, California and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Although this year’s .NEXT is virtual, being behind the screen isn’t hindering her admirable drive and passion for connecting customers to the product. If you haven’t already, make sure to add Automate your Multicloud IT Operations in Minutes to your agenda’s and watch Sarah show just how easy it is to automate your IT operations.

Tuhina Goel

Tuhina joined Nutanixover 3 years ago in May of 2018 and is currently trailblazing in her position as the Director of Product Marketing focusing on Nutanix Unified Storage and Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. To date, she has attended and spoken at a total of 4 .NEXT Events; Anaheim and Copenhagen in person, and this will be her second digital .NEXT.

Taking the stage is nothing new for Tuhina. She has been a speaker for several internal and external events beyond.NEXT, including l Nutanix’s SKOs, Industry and Partner events co-presenting with companies Veeam and HYCU. As a presenter at .NEXT, Tuhina enjoys working with customers and helping them find solutions.

“One of my favorite things to do at .NEXT is to connect with customers first hand, understand their challenges and appreciate the love they show for our solutions. I also love the energy of the show that brings all customers and partners under one roof and now on the virtual platform – learning, connecting, and having fun all the way.”

When she isn’t speaking at the conference, Tuhina loves to attend other events at .NEXT including the Keynotes as well as catch up with her colleagues from around the world.

“I enjoy hearing from and getting inspired by industry visionaries we invite to the event and getting to meet the broader Nutants community from across the globe. Last year, I particularly enjoyed how star comedian Trevor Noah Zoom bombed .NEXT 2020 and wanted to store all his hoodies in the cloud!”

Tuhina is a must see speaker at this year’s .NEXT so make sure to add Nutanix Objects For Massive Scale and Reliable Security to your .NEXT agendas!

Harry Yang

Harry started his career as a developer by building databases at Oracle. After 5 years, he transitioned to product management and led teams to create enterprise solutions for VDI, content management, and cloud operations for Adobe, VMware and BMC.

Harry Yang is currently a Senior Director in Product Management. He has been with Nutanix for over 7 and a half years and has been building solutions for data center management for the last 20 years.

“I was fortunate enough to join Nutanix in its early days to found and build Prism AIOps that provides a leap in value in achieving an efficient cloud-era IT Ops for thousands of our customers. “

Harry has been a speaker for almost every .NEXT and has attended every single .NEXT since it’s inaugural event in 2015 inMiami Beach, Florida.

“My favorite .NEXT moment is the keynote session at the first-ever .Next in Miami Beach 6 years ago. You can't curb your excitement when you see 1000 customers who believe in your mission and are willing to come to the user conference to celebrate the growth, to hear the vision, and to share their experience. The sense of community is enormous when you are still a young start-up.”

Harry is truly an expert in the hybrid cloud management space. Be sure to tune in to his session Keeping it Simple: 5 Keys to Effective Cloud Management by adding it to your .NEXT Agenda!

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