A day in the life of a… Solutions and Performance Engineer @Nutanix

Solution and Performance Engineer The last few weeks I had a lot of discussions, people asking how I was doing and how the job as Solutions and Performance Engineer @Nutanix was going. Based on the conversations I had it seemed like there are a lot of impressions of what my team does and better yet, what I do as a day to day job.

Before I joined Nutanix I talked to a lot of employees about the structure of Nutanix and the way teams are formed. During the interviews I had with management and co-workers I noticed that the Solutions and Performance Engineering team was build on two different types of people:


The analysts type will go deep into numbers, they will gather log files and see where there’s room for performance enhancements. I recently called them number crunchers but I got corrected as analyst is much more accurate. Most of the analyst type of colleagues have a storage background and are really familiar with the pitfalls of storage implementations and possible enhancements for our products.

Reference Architects

The reference architects type is often a bit more high level on storage, although technical heavily experienced in their line of field. The current team has multiple VCDXs and is expending to other technology stacks rapidly. The reference architects are responsible for creating guidelines, best practises and reference architectures around the different business applications on our platform.

Examples are listed here Resources @ Nutanix and to name a few:

  • Hadoop Reference Architecture
  • Splunk on Nutanix Reference Architecture
  • Microsoft Private Cloud and Windows Azure Pack Reference Architecture
  • Citrix Validated Solution for Nutanix
  • VMware Horizon 6 (with View) on Nutanix: Reference Architecture

The reference architects are working closely with Technical Marketing Engineering to create content that really enables our customers to rapidly deploy the systems and business applications.

What about me?

Most of my time is spend on Reference Architectures, best practises and sizing documents but I’m also attending a couple of events and get the opportunity to spread our word there as well. Next to that I can engage with costumers on all things VDI wether it’s from an architectural standpoint or a performance improvement standpoint. All in all I’ve been kept pretty busy but I get the chance to do what I like the most so it’s a good way to of being kept busy.

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Kees Baggerman

Kees Baggerman is a Staff Solutions Architect for End User Computing at Nutanix. Kees has driven numerous Microsoft and Citrix, and RES infrastructures functional/technical designs, migrations, implementations engagements over the years.

One comment

  1. Bas van Kaam says:

    Sounds perfect to me Kees. Looking forward to one of your sessions, won’t be long now 🙂

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