Eric Vonderhaar talks to Nutanix about the latest trends in IT infrastructure at VMworld 2012

| September 26, 2012

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Eric Vonderhaar from Mainline Information Systems talks to Nutanix about the latest trends in IT infrastructure at VMworld 2012

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