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Nutanix Names IT Veteran Zuniga to Lead California Sales

The Bay Area-based Raul Zuniga has a background as a solutions architect and a sales engineer. He said he chose to join Nutanix because of its on-prem and cloud offerings and its strong emphasis on hyperconverged infrastructure.

Nutanix has named longtime tech sales professional Raul Zuniga as “the go-to person” for state government sales, service and account management.

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Raul Zuniga
Zuniga has more than 25 years in the technology/telecommunications sector, having begun his career in the ’90s with MCI and then SBC as a technologist and technology manager. He subsequently worked as a sales engineer with Qwest, then with Verizon Business, first as a solutions architect and then as a senior client representative. After Verizon, he was affiliated with CenturyLink in the Sacramento area before joining Nutanix this month as the account director for California.

Thomas Chau, Nutanix’s director of sales, said he was pleased to name Zuniga as “the go-to person for the state, representing and managing” Nutanix’s business with agencies. Chau, like Zuniga, has worked for both Verizon and CenturyLink. Chau joined Nutanix just over a year ago. He and Zuniga are both based in the Bay Area.

“I feel Nutanix is really one of the best-kept secrets in the HCI (hyperconverged infrastructure) technology space,” Zuniga told Techwire in an interview. “I feel very fortunate to be with a company that can offer a solution for customers, either in on-prem infrastructure or cloud. The way Nutanix has been positioning technology, it’s beyond just hyperconvergence as an on-prem infrastructure plan. Another way to look at it (HCI) could be hybrid cloud infrastructure, as well. That’s what we’re trying to convey to customers. … There is another alternate solution beyond the go-to cloud providers that are out there today.”

Zuniga received his bachelor’s degree in finance from California State University, East Bay, and his master’s degree in international business from Golden Gate University. He also is an active volunteer with community groups, serving as a board member with the Ever Forward Club, which serves underserved students in the Bay Area, and as a division director with Mentor, Discover, Inspire, an organization that mentors young men.
Dennis Noone is Managing Editor of Techwire. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in the Northern California foothills.