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Cisco's VP of Storage Sales Quits

Cisco Systems Inc.'s (Nasdaq: CSCO) head of worldwide storage networking sales has left the company, Byte and Switch has learned -- indicating that Cisco may be changing the sales strategy for its SAN switches.

Steve Querner, Cisco's VP of worldwide storage networking sales, says that as of today, he's still officially an employee of the company but he notes that his email and voicemail aren't functioning anymore. "We're on good terms and everything, but I'm limited in what I can say," he says.

Cisco spokesman John Noh says the company's policy is to not comment on personnel matters.

Querner, who joined Cisco about a year ago, was previously VP of the Asia/Pacific region for EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC).

His departure suggests Cisco may be scrapping its initial strategy of having an independent storage sales operation -- in part because of pushback from the company's other salespeople, according to an ex-Cisco sales representative.

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