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HP management team gets a shakeup following Q3 earnings report

Meg Whitman made HP management team changes -- including the removal of Dave Donatelli as head of the Enterprise Group -- following a poor Q3 report.

HP management team reshuffled

HP CEO Meg Whitman this week moved both Dave Donatelli, the head of the company's Enterprise Group, and marketing chief Marty Homlish into new roles at the company.

The announcement of the changes in the HP management team coincided with the announcement Wednesday after close of business of the company's third-quarter 2013 earnings, with $27.2 billion in net revenue compared with $29.7 billion in the third quarter of 2012. Revenues for the Enterprise Group dropped by 9% for the quarter. The company's stock fell more than 12% on Thursday, due in large part to lowered revenue expectations for the fourth quarter and 2014, according to analysts. In an earnings call on Wednesday, Whitman cited revenue difficulties in HP's enterprise and PC businesses and pointed to "weak enterprise spending."

Another member of the HP management team, former HP chief operating officer Bill Veghte, will take over the reins of HP's $28 billion Enterprise Group as executive vice president and general manager. His responsibilities include the development and delivery of IT infrastructure solutions and, as part of a newly added responsibility for the Enterprise Group, he is responsible for the direction, management and delivery of HP's cloud business.

In Donatelli's new role, he will focus on identifying and targeting companies with new emerging technologies.

Henry Gomez will head up HP's now-combined marketing and communication organization. Gomez serves as HP's executive vice president and chief marketing and communications officer.

Homlish takes on a new role at the company as chief customer experience officer. His focus is to help drive consistent and high-value interactions with customers across all of the company's business units.

Tech Data signs distribution agreement with OCZ Technology

Tech Data Corp.'s Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) division will distribute the full line of solid-state storage and enterprise software solutions from OCZ Technology Group Inc. in North America and Latin America as a result of a partnership deal signed this week.

According to the distributor, the 17,500 VARs supported by its AIS division that specialize in data center and virtualization will now have access to the full line of OCZ products to help grow their business.

Some products include the OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD line and the recently introduced plug-and-play ZD-XL SQL Accelerator, with integrated hardware-software, to optimize Microsoft SQL Server database applications.

OCZ's Enterprise unit includes a portfolio of flash hardware and software solutions.

Ingram Micro adds dinServer to its Cloud Marketplace

Ingram Micro has expanded its partnership with dinCloud Inc., a company that helps organizations migrate IT infrastructure to the cloud. The distributor's North American partners, such as managed service providers (MSPs), VARs and systems integrators with a cloud services business can now find dinServer, a hosted virtual server offering, in Ingram Micro's Cloud Marketplace.

The new service allows partners to help customers set up private virtual data centers. There's also a cloud provisioning tool called dinManage that allows users to configure, upgrade, downgrade and add or remove servers.

DinServer is available in monthly and annual subscriptions with special promotions available to Ingram Micro partners, according to the company.

Ingram Micro also has an existing relationship with dinCloud to offers the cloud provisioning vendor's hosted desktop service, dinHVD.

OnApp offers full integration with SolidFire

Hosting providers, telcos and MSP customers of OnApp Ltd.'s cloud management platform now have full integration with SolidFire SSD storage systems, allowing them to offer high-performance cloud storage services, OnApp announced this week.

According to OnApp, the integration uses the SolidFire application programming interface to enable SolidFire clusters to be managed through the OnApp control panel. The capability lets service providers provision storage performance and capacity independently to customers, as well as to guarantee disk performance for individual workloads.

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