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HP Reshuffles More Software

HP has created yet another new company unit in its ongoing storage shakeup.

Today, the vendor announced the Enterprise Storage and Server (ESS) Software unit. (See HP Creates New Biz Unit.) Housed in HP's existing ESS division, it will bring together different software products from across HP. These include ProLiant Essentials for managing ProLiant servers, Virtual Server Environment (VSE) software, and Storage Essentials, which is based on technology from HP's AppIQ acquisition. (See HP Chomps AppIQ & Peregrine.)

HP's Storage Essentials was previously part of the vendor's StorageWorks division, which also contains SAN, NAS, and tape hardware. Bob Schultz, who oversaw the StorageWorks portfolio as SVP and GM, will now become vice president of the ESS Software unit, and the race is on to find someone to take care of storage hardware back in the StorageWorks division. "There is a search, both internally and externally, that is going on as we speak," says Duncan Campbell, vice president of marketing StorageWorks.

In the meantime, Schultz will continue to oversee both storage hardware and software, although HP expects to appoint his successor in the next few weeks.

For Schultz, the move appears to be lateral. He will continue to report to Scott Stallard, who is HP's VP of the ESS division. Stallard reports to Ann Livermore, EVP of HP's Technology Solutions Group. She in turn reports to CEO Mark Hurd. Ash Ashutosh, the former AppIQ CEO, will remain in his current role as CTO of the StorageWorks division.

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