Mr. Dheeraj Pandey


Mr. Dheeraj Pandey has been conferred with the distinguished alumnus award of Indian Institute of Technology, Jaipur for his outstanding enterprising skills exhibited during founding and operation of one of the world's most promising enterprises in the field of development and delivery of invisible computing infrastructure comprising storage, computation and virtualization.


Mr. Dheeraj Pandey did B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1997, where he was adjudged the best all rounder among the then graduating students in all disciplines. Mr Pandey obtained his masters' degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dheeraj is the co-founder and the CEO of Nutanix. Nutanix, a business of cloud data centers, is now seen as one of the most promising companies at Silicon Valley. The "Nutanix extreme computing platform" allows enterprises to store their data remotely on a flexible number of servers as it scales. The Nutanix solution uses commodity computing servers which run as standard hypervisor each, and the Nutanix operating system (NOS). Each server contains Intel processors, memory, solid-state drives and traditional hard drives, and when added to a cluster, aggregate storage resources into a single storage pool. Capacity and compute nodes can be added incrementally leading to a scalable design.

In Silicon Valley parlance, Nutanix is a unicorn. The term refers not to the mythical beast but a private company that has a valuation of more than $1 billion. Nutanix, set up in 2009, crossed this milestone in January 2014, within four years of its start, and only within two years of selling. It was valued again at $2 billion in August 2014. Nutanix raised $241 million in two successive rounds D and E from investors and venture capitalists, such as Riverwood Capital, SAP ventures, Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, Goldman Sachs, Greenspring Associates, Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Ventures and a few others.
Dheeraj has over 12 years of experience working at enterprise technology companies. Prior to founding Nutanix, Dheeraj was Vice-President of Engineering at Aster Data where he built the engineering team from ground up, overseeing the development of multiple releases of the product. Prior to Aster Data, Dheeraj was at Oracle where he managed the development of storage engine for oracle database and oracle exadata.

Achievements and Honors

  • Recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2015 by IIT Kanpur.
  • Nutanix is among the Best of VMWorld 2011 list under his Leadership.
  • Nutanix is among the VentureWire's FASTech 50 under his Leadership.