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Top Ten Turkey Awards

In keeping with Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., the editors of Byte and Switch offer up our annual Turkey Awards -- highlighting the biggest gaffs in storage networking this past year.

Check out the following list while you nibble your pumpkin pie. If you disagree, agree, or have your own list of howlers, tell us about it on the message board below the article.

No. 1: Squeaky Wheel Turkey

When CEO Carly Fiorina of Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) lit into her company's Enterprise Servers and Storage (ESS) division on the third-quarter earnings call in August, few were surprised (see HP Storage Slammed). Pundits had grumbled about HP's lack of storage innovation and strategy since the company merged with Compaq in 2003.

Fiorina's fury resulted in three execs fired, more sales bods hired, and product additions made at the high and low ends of the line, albeit through OEM arrangements. HP's high-end SAN system is based on gear from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS); and the iSCSI feature pack for its new NAS reportedly comes from FalconStor Software Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC), though both companies seem intent on hiding the arrangement (see HP Plots Storage Comeback, HP Adds Low-End NAS, and FalconStor's Flyin').

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