EMC Sues Pure Storage For Hiring Practices, Misappropriation Of Confidential Information


EMC alleges that despite its sending letters to Pure Storage and its CEO Scott Dietzen about the alleged activities, and despite lawsuits against several of those employees, "the systematic pattern of unlawful conduct by Pure Storage continues. The only legitimate conclusion is that these unlawful activities are being directed and endorsed by Pure Storage at the highest levels of the organization."

Dietzen on Tuesday released an open letter to "current, prospective and future" customers and partners about the litigation, in which he wrote, "We at Pure believe there is no merit whatsoever to any of these complaints."

Dietzen also wrote that Pure Storage welcomes competition in the all-flash storage array market, including competition from the EMC XtremIO product line, which is slated to be officially introduced to the market next week.

"Competition makes our products better and makes us into a better company, more attuned to customer and partner needs. Competition also fuels market growth. We are excited that EMC's principal flash storage offering in XtremIO will be in the market soon (coincidentally slated to be announced just a week after this lawsuit was filed), as we expect both Pure Storage and XtremIO to benefit handsomely from the ongoing shift of $15B in annual spend from performance (oxymoron) mechanical disk to all-flash for the price of disk," he wrote.

EMC has a history of aggressively going after former employees who move to work with competitors.

In its highest-profile case, EMC in 2009 sued Dave Donatelli, the former president of EMC's storage division, after he left the company to join arch-rival Hewlett-Packard as executive vice president for enterprise servers, storage and networking.

In that case, HP one month later agreed Donatelli would not touch HP's storage business until the order was lifted.

PUBLISHED NOV. 6, 2013