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Bob Schultz, SVP & GM, StorageWorks, Hewlett-Packard

Among top storage networking companies, Hewlett-Packard is this year's comeback kid and Bob Schultz, senior VP and general manager of the StorageWorks division, is a key fielder on its team.

Indeed, the storage division of HP has been one of the chief beneficiaries of the company's dramatic management change following the ouster of CEO Carly Fiorina last year and the appointment of Mark Hurd as CEO in March. (See High Hopes in Palo Alto.)

Within the last few months, the company has revamped its storage line, reinvigorated a woebegone channel, grown a robust partnership network, and made a landmark acquisition. (See HP Expands Program, HP Chomps AppIQ & Peregrine, and Users Eye Up HP's EVA.)

The results speak for themselves. This time last year, HP capped months of in-house disgrace with a poor showing in market research figures from IDC. Though HP continued to hold a sizeable chunk of the external disk storage systems market, IDC claimed its revenues in storage had dropped 14.4 percent year-over-year. (See IDC Releases Disk Figures, HP Storage Slammed, and HP Storage Share Slips.)

This year, IDC's report shows HP holding 19.1 percent of the overall external disk storage systems market worldwide (second to EMC's 20.3 percent share). And HP's growth is up 14.7 percent year-over-year. (See IDC Cites Record Storage.)

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