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HP's Hurd Hurls Sales Challenge

How can success mean failure? That's the question some observers might ask about recent goings-on at HP.

Yesterday, it emerged that Mark Gonzalez, senior Americas VP of storage and server sales, is leaving his post to pursue other interests, despite a solid performance from the vendor's Enterprise Storage and Servers (ESS) division.

Yet in its first quarter results released last night, HP's ESS revenues were up 9 percent year-over-year, largely fueled by sales of blade servers, although storage revenues grew 10 percent compared to the same period last year.

HP execs on a conference call last night highlighted in particular the performance of the vendor's midrange EVA systems, which saw a 14 percent revenue hike over the previous year. Even HP's nearline storage business, which has declined for a number of quarters, grew 4 percent compared to the same period last year.

OK, maybe Gonzalez decided he needed a change. But it isn't the first time HP's apparently successful attempts to breathe life into its storage business have opened the revolving door.

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