Nutanix Platform Expert (NPX) Certification

NPX Badge

Nutanix Platform Expert (NPX) is a peer-vetted, hypervisor agnostic certification designed for veteran Solution Engineers, Consultants, and Architects. Every NPX is a superb technologist, a visionary evangelist for the Enterprise Cloud, and a proven architect capable of designing and delivering a wide range of cutting-edge solutions custom built to support the business goals of the Global 2000 and government agencies in every region of the world.

Official Directory

NPX #1 – Josh Odgers

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @josh_odgers
Bio: In his role as a Senior Solutions & Performance Engineer at Nutanix, Josh is responsible for developing reference architecture for solutions, mainly focused around virtualization of Business Critical Applications. Josh works with customers at all levels of their business' including C-Level executives & Senior Management to ensure the solution delivers technical benefits and excellent Return on Investment (ROI). His experience includes leading SMB & Enterprise customers through their cloud computing & hyper-convergence journey.

NPX #2 – Lane Leverett

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @wolfbrthr
Bio: Lane brings over 20 years of IT consulting and Design Architecture experience to his job at Nutanix where he works as a Systems Architect evangelizing the benefits of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud and Web Scale architecture. He delivers presentations and information to both C-Level executives and Technical Engineers in such a way that can be clearly understood and so that both Business Level Objectives and Technical Requirements can be met with the simplest solution possible. Lane's primary focus is on cloud and virtualization solutions but also brings to bear a wealth of experience with Networking, Storage, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. Lane holds the following certifications in addition to his NPX: Nutanix Platform Professional, VMware VCDX #53, Microsoft MCSE, and many other vendor and industry related certifications.

NPX #3 – Jonathan Kohler

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @jonkohler
Bio: Jon leads the Vertical Applications practice within Nutanix Engineering, which covers a variety of full stack technical solutions, including healthcare/life critical and financials. He also leads the developer advocacy practice, which drives “outside in” collaboration with our customer developer community, open source contributions, and 3rd parties’ extensions such as PowerShell and Terraform. Jon has a Bachelor's from University of Vermont.

NPX #4 – Samir Roshan

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @kooltechies
Bio: Samir is a Technical Director in Nutanix Systems Engineering team which focuses on the top global accounts. He leads a team of world class Systems/Solution Architects with focus on big business transformation projects in the Global Accounts using Nutanix technology. He has held various roles through his career spanning Technical PreSales, Consulting, Engineering, Architecture and Solution Delivery as well as Support. With broad and deep technical experience coupled with solid financial and business acumen, Samir is able to work with C-Level executives and Senior Management to architect solutions that yield not only technical and financial benefit, but can also provide innovation and competitive differentiation for his customers. Samir is an active speaker at various technology forums and also participates in virtual communities learning new things and sharing his experience with wider community. His current focus includes Devops, IoT and Agile framework. Samir holds multiple industry certifications, including VCDX (#124) and NPX (#004).

NPX #5 – Magnus Andersson

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @magander3
Bio: Magnus is a Sr Staff Solution Architect at Nutanix targeting cloud, automation, disaster recovery applications/solutions. In addition, he is involved in developing new and improve existing Nutanix solutions, features and functionality to enhance the Nutanix offering as well as writing reference architectures and best practices. Magnus has extensive virtualization and infrastructure experience and deep technical expertise in the Nutanix and VMware portfolio. Apart from being NPX #5 Magnus is also a double VCDX #56.

NPX #6 – Bas Raayman

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @basraayman
Bio: Bas is a solutions architect and part of a team of world-class architects that works with enterprise IT customers to ensure critical workloads run optimally on their Nutanix infrastructure. In his role, he also helps with the architecture and validation of current and future Nutanix products targeted towards business-critical applications. Bas worked for SAP as specialist, and at EMC as part of the vSpecialist team before starting at Nutanix over 5 years ago. In his time with Nutanix he has been a key contributor in building the central European region, and one of the engineers responsible for the Nutanix SAP HANA on HCI certification.

NPX #7 – Michael Webster

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @vcdxnz001
Bio: Michael is responsible for leading a team of world class architects helping enterprise IT customers optimize critical workloads on Nutanix infrastructure and building the Nutanix products for critical apps of the present and future. The team’s expertise extends to migrations from Unix, Mainframe and other traditional IT platforms. Prior to Nutanix, he was a strategic architect at VMware for business-critical applications. In addition to holding multiple certifications, including VCDX (#66) and NPX (#007), he is also the co-author of Virtualizing SQL Server on VMware: Doing It Right.

NPX #8 – René van den Bedem

Employer: RoundTower
Twitter: @vcdx133
Bio: René is a Master Architect and Strategist with extensive experience across all facets of the enterprise and service provider spaces, including digital transformation and the business, enterprise and technology architecture stacks. He is also an NPX Panelist and a quadruple VCDX.

NPX #9 – Richard Arsenian

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @richardarsenian
Bio: Richard is a Senior Staff Solution Architect within the Solutions and Performance R&D engineering team at Nutanix. He is responsible for building and developing innovative solutions on Nutanix’s enterprise cloud platform - including business critical applications and networking technologies. As a Nutanix Platform Expert (NPX #09) and VMware Certified Expert (VCDX #126), Richard brings a wealth of experience within the datacenter across the various elements of the systems development lifecycle (Pre-sales, Consulting and Support) attributed to his experience while working at key technology vendors including VMware and Cisco. Maintaining his passion within the datacenter, Richard also invests his R&D efforts with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Systems (UAS) and drones. He recently released his concept Nutanix Acropolis 1 (Patent Pending), which takes commodity drone hardware and Nutanix’s Cloud O.S to create a platform to deliver enterprise x86 applications autonomously across a highly resilient distributed filesystem in the sky.

NPX #10 – Sachin Bhowan

Employer: VMXperts
Twitter: @sbhowan
Bio: Sachin is an executive, founder and senior solutions architect at VMXperts, where he actively works with customers to drill through their technology clutter to define solutions that best match their business processes and company goals. With more than 20 years’ experience in the IT industry, Sachin brings with him extensive technical and thorough architecture design knowledge, as well as an understanding of how clients can future-proof their business. His extensive project know-how enables him to offer clients an unbiased view of their technology landscape, where he is able to assist them in uncovering potential business threats and map. His passion is centered on walking the technical journey with a customer in order to change the technology so that it supports the business.

NPX #11 – Samuel Rothenbühler

Employer: Amanox Solutions
Twitter: @bancswissunique
Bio: Samuel obtained his Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Bern University of Applied Science in Switzerland in 2008. During his studies and after graduation he was working as a software engineer in the med tech industry and did an internship at Satyam Computer Services Ltd in Hyderabad, India. He joined EMC as an Enterprise Technology Consultant in 2009 where he was focused on enterprise storage and on the VCE product line, namely Vblock converged infrastructure. He left EMC in 2013 and joined Amanox Solutions in 2014 as a Senior System Engineer focused on Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure and VMware vSphere. Amanox Solutions is a Nutanix Elite Solutions- and Support Partner since 2013 and the leading provider for hyperconverged infrastructure and datacenter automation in Switzerland. Samuel is currently working as a Lead Architect within the Enterprise Cloud division at Amanox and received his NPX in June of 2017.

NPX #12 – Tim Buckholz

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @tbuckholz
Bio: Tim is a self-proclaimed “technology geek at heart”. His current interests cover anything involving virtualization and all of the infrastructure that goes along as part of that. He works as a Sr Consultant in services for Nutanix.

NPX #13 – Wayne Conrad

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @wjconrad
Bio: Wayne is an architect in the Nutanix Services consulting group who specializes in datacenter virtualization and VMware View VDI. He is passionate about transforming enterprise IT thru DevOps processes and tools. Wayne is a VMware VCIX-Desktop, VMware VCAP Datacenter DCD & DCA, and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas Jindal School of Management with a BS in Management Information Systems. When not working, Wayne lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Florence Wang, currently the acting Assistant Concertmaster for the Dallas Opera Orchestra, and their two cats. Wayne is learning Mandarin, and enjoys hobbies like baking, weightlifting, and PC Gaming.

NPX #14 – Derek Seaman

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @vDerekS
Bio: Derek is a Sr. Global Solutions Architect at Nutanix, Inc., Nutanix Platform Expert (NPX) #14, VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-DCV) #125, and has his CISSP. He’s also a top 25 virtualization blogger ( In his role at Nutanix, Derek helps design architectures combining applications with the Nutanix platform, creating solutions that solve critical business needs and requirements while disrupting the infrastructure space. Prior to joining Nutanix, Derek was an IT architect at a global leader in wireless chip technology, where he focused on deploying secure infrastructure solutions to support the development of solutions for the U.S. Government. In these spaces, he has developed methodologies, reference architectures, and frameworks focusing on the design of and transformation to agile, scalable, and cost-effective infrastructures that can be consumed in a service-oriented or cloud-like manner.

NPX #15 – Bruno Sousa

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @bsousapt
Bio: Bruno is a Sr Solutions Architect with 12+ years of industry experience, currently working at Nutanix's Business Critical Applications team. Since joining Nutanix in 2014, he has been helping customers on the journey to embrace Nutanix platform by creating reference best practices, handling customer escalations, improving product by taking customer's feedback to Nutanix Engineering, and implementing Nutanix solution across the globe. Within Nutanix, Bruno started as a Sr SRE within Global Support with a strong focus on cases regarding Business Critical Applications and performance. Before working with Nutanix, his main areas of work were implementations of IT business critical systems, like databases, application servers, storage solutions within Healthcare and manufacturing environments.

NPX #16 - Crescenzo Oliviero

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @CrexOliviero
Bio: Crescenzo graduated in Electronic Engineering with honor in 1996 and started PhD enjoying electromagnetic discipline. He moved to IT industry in early 2000 where he started as field engineer in telco/IT company and moved soon as presales consultant with major players in IT industry. He has several industries qualification on security, big data, cloud, data management to complete his view of the complex IT environments. Crescenzo was an infrastructure consultant on Server, Storage, SAN, backup and DR projects, and joined Nutanix in May 2016 where he found new spirit to use his knowledge and curiosity, play with technology and learn new skills like K8s and containerization, and understand how it works for better use of it.

NPX #17 – David Quinney

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @quinney_david
Bio: David is a Consulting Architect in the Nutanix Professional Services Organization. In his role, he delivers enterprise level datacenter design and transformation engagements for Nutanix Customers on AHV, ESXi and Hyper-V, along with Business Critical application migrations to the Nutanix Platform. In conjunction to holding Nutanix NPX, David holds other industry certifications including Nutanix NSS, VMware VCAP-Design/Administration, and Microsoft MCSE: Cloud Platform.

NPX #18 – Fouad el Akkad

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @vRoomBlog
Bio: Fouad el Akkad is a Senior System Engineer for Nutanix in Morocco since September 2017, he has more 10 years of experience in IT. His strength comes from being on the other side of the desk as the principal virtualization engineer for a large (several thousand VM) organization for more than 7 years. While there he faced several subject in the core infrastructure (storage, network, virtualization,…), but also in more innovative area like Cloud, automation, microsegmentation, etc. Fouad also holds several VMware advanced certifications such as VCIX-DCV, VCIX-NSX, VCAP6-CMA.

NPX #19 – Jason Yeo

Employer: Nutanix
Twitter: @jasonyzs88
Bio: Jason, based in Singapore, is an Advisory Services Architect with Nutanix Services. He joined Nutanix in 2015 as the first Services Consultant in APAC. Since then he has taken on the role to lead Consulting Services Team in APAC, and in 2019 he returns to be a full time techie in a presales capacity for strategic customers. Jason has been working with enterprise IT since 1999, and his career has taken him to HP, FedEx, Sun Microsystems, CloudFX, VMware & Nutanix. In 2014, he achieved VCDX#180, the 5th in the world for DTM. Till this day he is still the only VCDX-DTM in Asia. His extensive technical specialties and IT management skills have given him broad experience that spans from deployment and operations of mission critical services to Major Incident Management. Jason also holds other certifications such as Nutanix NCP, VMware VCAP-DCD, VCAP-DCA, AWS-ASA. Jason enjoys solving business issues, presents at regional events and sharing his experiences.

NPX #20 - Dan-Alexandru Apostu

Employer: Global Customer
Bio: Dan started working with virtualization technologies in 2005 and currently holds multiple industry certifications including VMware VCIX6-DCV. In his current position as Principal Engineer for a global Nutanix customer, Dan contributed to large scale critical projects including Internal Cloud, manufacturing and datacenter consolidation/migration.

Get Certified

Through a rigorous application and defense process, Nutanix ensures that every NPX is a superb technologist and architect – capable of designing and delivering a wide range of cutting-edge solutions that are custom-built to support the business goals of organizations around the world. Earning NPX certification is a two-stage process:

1. Program Application

  • Created by candidate
  • Reviewed by Nutanix

2. Design Review before a Panel

  • Solution design presentation and Q&A
  • Hands-on and design exercises

NPX Preparation Resources

NPX Enterprise Solution Design Boot Camp

NPX Design Review Preparation Guide

Nutanix Bible