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Salomon Axes Storage Team

Wall Street brokerage firm Salomon Smith Barney, part of Citigroup, laid off its three storage analysts today in an effort to cut costs, industry sources tell Byte and Switch.

Salomon is expected to reassign its coverage of this sector to other analysts, insiders say.

Citigroup had no specific comment on the elimination of its storage research team but issued the following statement: "Given the market realities, we are continuing to make targeted reductions throughout the organization."

A source familiar with Salomon's plans says, "I'm sure there will be more cost-cutting as they reorganize the research department as a whole." This source, however, was unable to provide more details on this reorganization.

Clint Vaughan, formerly Salomon's senior analyst for storage and a major name in storage circles, was marched out of the building this morning, along with supporting analyst Brian Hertzog and associate Pei Hung. "We had an idea it was coming... but it was still a shock," says one of the analysts, who did not want to be quoted by name. "Storage wasn't a big focus at Salomon."

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