Enterprise Computing Solutions' Butler also wrote that the move seems to be in line with HP CEO Meg Whitman’s master plan and matches her focus on execution.
"All in all we see this as very good for our business and we are planning additional headcount on our side to support our growth goals for FY2014. Exciting times for us after we watched our storage and overall business grow significantly in 2013," he wrote.
An HP spokesperson responded via email to a request for more information that he is looking to confirm the actual number of people HP is seeking to hire.
"That said, even during times of restructuring, we still look to invest in and hire for the skill sets that support our growth plans and the New Style of IT," the spokesperson wrote.
A couple of HP storage managers confirmed under condition they remain unnamed that HP is moving to significantly beef up its storage team, but they declined to confirm the actual number of planned hires.
One of those executives said HP's current reorganization and workforce reduction stemmed in part from redundancies related to several acquired companies, and that an increase in storage personnel is related to the fact that storage is a real growth area for the company.
"There's a big emphasis on storage in general, and especially related to 3PAR and HP StoreOnce," one of the executives said. "There's growth in customer-facing people, and it could be channel reps, SAs [solutions architects], and sales. But the clear direction is to leverage the channel."
A second HP storage executive said that HP is seeing strong growth in storage, particularly with 3PAR and HP StoreOnce dedupe technology, and does not have the "feet in the street" needed to keep that growth going.
"So we're going through partners," the executive said. "I can say a lot of energy and money is being invested in storage. It's a growth product for us. Partners win with solutions, not just with products."
PUBLISHED JAN. 8, 2013