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Vertica was originally cast as one of the pillars of HP's Information Management business unit, along with Autonomy.
Last November, HP integrated Vertica with Autonomy in a new offering called the Next-Generation Information Platform. The idea was to pair Vertica's ability to analyze structured data, which is stored in relational databases, with Autonomy's ability to work with so-called unstructured data -- e.g. emails, instant messages and video.
But in March, without explanation, HP moved Vertica into its Software division, which at the time was led by Bill Veghte, executive vice president and chief strategy officer. HP last week brought in George Kadifa, venture capitalist and former CEO of application service provider Corio, to run the Software division. The constant re-organizations are one reason why Vertica employees are jumping ship, the source told CRN.
Meanwhile, the future of HP's Information Management group is unclear after Mike Lynch, its co-founder and CEO, was fired last month after missing his quarterly sales targets. Around 20 percent of the Autonomy team is said to have left HP since last October, including Sushovan Hussain, president; Peter Menell, CTO; Nicole Eagan, CMO; Andy Kanter, COO; Steve Chamberlain, CFO; and Martina King, head of Aurasma.
Veghte, who last week was named COO at HP, has been tasked with leading Autonomy out of its current difficulties. Kadifa, as head of HP Software, is apparently responsible for Vertica, but the HP spokesperson could not confirm this.
Despite the turmoil, HP channel partners remain intrigued by the potential for Autonomy and Vertica, and they're going to hear more about HP's plans for big data this week at HP Discover. How much longer partners' interest continues will depend on HP's ability to retain the human capital gained in its big data analytics acquisitions.
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