NetApp VP Set To Resign, Cloud Evangelist Jumps Ship To Pure Storage


For Pure Storage, getting Stewart is a home run, TIG's Norbie said.

"Vaughn is not a negative guy," he said. "He's a positive source of information, with a hint of sarcasm, in a nice way."

Stewart, in his blog post, wrote that the IT industry has gone through many changes, and that the flash storage industry is the "next seismic shift."

"Pure Storage has developed a core set of technologies that make flash available for everyone today! This isn't hyperbole or over-stated marketing. They have broken the barrier to flash that cause many to either delay their adoption or seek half-step methods in deploying flash. In the days, weeks and months to follow I will share the details around Pure's innovation and how this technology is radically advancing our customers' business goals," he wrote.

While no further details were available as to why Goel left NetApp, Stifel Nicolaus Equity Research, a Baltimore, Md.-based analyst firm, wrote in a Monday research note that the departure should be considered a negative for NetApp.

"While there were no details on the resignation, we view this as a negative announcement given Mr. Goel's position at the company and visibility with investors," the analyst firm wrote.

Despite losing Goel and Stewart, NetApp appears to be on a hiring binge. Stifel Nicolaus Equity Research, in its Monday research note, wrote that NetApp's job listings were up by 52 over the prior week at 644 openings. This came on the heels of previously announced plans to reduce employment at the company by 900 people, or about 7 percent of the total workforce.

Those openings include 80 sales people, up 15; 216 software engineers, up 5; and 85 customer support engineers, up 10.

PUBLISHED SEPT. 16, 2013