Playing a part in the transformation of the networking industry has been one of the most rewarding opportunities of
my career. On top of that I get the privilege of leading a team that continues to amaze me in their ability to execute. You’ve heard us talk about the more than 400 VMware NSX customers we have to date, 70+ of which are in production. You can safely assume that number is even higher today. Even more impressive is the fact that customers are making significant financial commitments to the architectural changes they are embarking on. In fact, as of last quarter we counted more than 50 organizations that have invested more than $1 million in NSX.

Now, it’s never easy for IT organizations to talk publicly about technologies they’ve purchased or deployed. This is all the more reason why I’m very grateful that VMware NSX customers have made time to speak publicly about the value they are deriving from VMware NSX to the financial community, at events such as RSA Conference, Palo Alto Networks Ignite and OpenStack Summit, and of course, to the press. No other vendor can claim more customers that are publicly discussing their investment, adoption or deployment of their SDN solution than VMware.

During a recent VMware NSX tech summit, one of the many things we reflected on was the success our customers are having with NSX and the benefits they’ve been able to achieve.  Many of these customers are now scaling their VMware NSX footprint, and evolving their use cases, as the solution gives them the context to evolve and expand their deployment. Many of these customers have the most in-depth use cases and the best lessons learned, which could be very useful to our broader VMware community.

That’s why I’ll be kicking off a series of posts on this blog as I hit the road to share with you my interactions with these customers and many others to provide insights into why they’re making VMware part of their IT transformation. I’m about to set out on three weeks of back-to-back customer meetings across the U.S. and EMEA. These customers I will be meeting with are at varying stages in their NSX deployments. This means I will have lessons and best practices to share with companies that are at varying stages on the deployment continuum

Count on me to share with you highlights from my meetings upon my return, and on an ongoing basis. In the meantime, here is one of my favorite and most recent VMware NSX customer stories.