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Former Fusion-io CEO just wasn't that into operations, says new broom

Fusion-io CEO and co-founder David Flynn resigned because he realised he didn't have the operational management skills needed to grow Fusion-io into a global business. That, in a nutshell, is what we understand after talking to replacement CEO Shane Robison. First Robison, who is also Fusion-io's chairman and president, wanted …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2013
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Fusion-io fortifies flashy SAN box - but it lacks handy real-world features

The Shane Robison rescue squad has turned its attention to Fusion-io’s lagging flash SAN box, updating it so it can compete better with Pure Storage and Violin Memory's products. The ION Data Accelerator was announced in August last year as Fusion’s play in the networked external flash array space. It wasn't bad performance- …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2013
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REVEALED: Fusion-io shopped itself to 11 firms... 10 declined

Fusion-io shopped itself to 11 companies and only got one offer. A Schedule 14D-9 SEC filing about the $1.1bn SanDisk acquisition of Fusion-io reveals that: SanDisk and Fusion-io first discussed a possible commercial arrangement in Summer 2013. Fusion-io talked to other potential partners as well. SanDisk expressed acquisition …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2014
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Flashy Fusion-io pleads the fifth – the fifth loss-making quarter, that is

Despite revenues rising steadily, Fusion-io cannot stem its cash bleed: it lost $30.7m in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, a 54 per cent increase on the loss it recorded in the same period a year ago. Revenues from the just-ended quarter were $100.5m, 15 per cent up on the year and six per cent more than the second quarter; …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2014

Fusion-io's founding CEO quits board

David Flynn, Fusion-io's founding and ousted CEO has flown the boardroom coop, as revealed in an SEC filing (PDF). Flynn follows cofounder and ex-CMO Rick White out the door. Flynn had been replaced as CEO by ex-HP executive Shane Robison in an effective boardroom coup. Robison has made some exec-level changes and canned some of …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2013

Quick as a flash: SanDisk gobbles Fusion-io for an Instagram (that's $1.1bn)

The end-game for flash supplier consolidation is in sight: SanDisk is buying Fusion-io for a paltry $1.1bn. The bare bones are: All-cash transaction for $1.1bn, tendering $11.25 for each Fusion-io share. Both boards are in favour. Fusion’s PCIe flash card and ioControl shared flash array businesses will be integrated with …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2014
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Autonomy ex-moneyman: 'Visionary' Léo would have made HP merger work

The former chief financial officer of Autonomy has struck back against HP's claims that he defrauded it and its shareholders, arguing that HP's execs were solely responsible for bungling the company's $10.2bn acquisition of Autonomy in 2011. "HP's Opposition swells with bile, but its sound and fury signify nothing," lawyers for …
Neil McAllister, 12 Aug 2014
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Whiting drags himself out of Riverbed, moves to head up global Fusion-io's sales team

Flash furtler Fusion-io has a new sales boss, Ian Whiting, who replaces the retiring company's chief sales officer, Jim Dawson. Whiting comes to Fusion-io from Riverbed, where he was the senior veep for Americas sales and, before that, Brocade, where he was SVP worldwide sales until ex-CEO Michael Klayko took over the job …
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2013
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Fusion-io posts another loss-making quarter but execs remain bullish

For flash fettlers Fusion-io's finances, it isn’t spring yet – but nor is it the bleak mid-winter. Revenues are starting to look as if they are on a solid footing with sequential growth and reduced losses. Fusion-io makes PCIe flash cards and has suffered wrenching senior management changes, including the departure of the …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2014
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Fusion-io founder Flynn flies again with new storage upstart

Ousted Fusion-io co-founder David Flynn has a new gig: startup Primary Data. And the chief marketing officer? Why, none other than Rick White, co-founder of Fusion-io and its chief marketing officer when he resigned along with Flynn earlier this year. He started at Primary Data in June. The news is reported by the Wall Street …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2013

Fusion-io founders flee, ex-HP hotshot takes the wheel

Right out of the blue, flash memory-maker Fusion-io has lost its CEO co-founder David Flynn, as well as its chief marketing officer, co-founder Rick White. Board member Shane Robison has been named chairman, president and CEO. Messrs Flynn and White are resigning to pursue other entrepreneurial early-stage investing activities …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2013
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Flash angel Fusion-io flies too close to Facebook, Apple, plummets to Earth

Flash memory biz Fusion-io's latest results show ever-deepening losses, with management talking of OEM channel conflict to be sorted out. Can this once high-flying server flash supplier take off and fly again? When low-hanging fruit pickers come down to Earth they rarely fly so high again. Look at sTec, OCZ and Nexsan. Their …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2013
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HP's chief techie departs, will not be replaced

HP's chief technical officer, Shane Robison, is out. Robison, an EVP as well as HP's CTO, and member of HP's executive council, will leave on 1 November, having spent 11 years at HP. He will not be replaced: HP CEO Meg Whitman appears to be pulling strategy, research and development closer to HP's portfolio of businesses. The …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2011
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Fusion-io board gets ex-HP hotshot

Shane Robison, the ex-HP chief technology officer, has joined the board of server flash seller Fusion-io. Robison, age 58, parted company with HP at the beginning of November, shortly after Meg Whitman replaced Leo Apotheker as HP's CEO. He will serve on the Fusion-io board's Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2011
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HP plonks Boeing bigwig into global biz hot seat

Meg Whitman has made her first senior appointment as HP CEO by creating a new role - exec veep for global tech and biz processes - and giving it to former Boeing bigwig John Hinshaw. Hinshaw will oversee IT and shared and admin services, including indirect and services procurement. He will report to Whitman and is set to become …
Paul Kunert, 03 Nov 2011

Fusion-io opens trenchcoat, flashes cheap PCIe cards

PCIe card-flasher Fusion-io has been talking to financial analysts about killing off its "wasteful" research projects and building OEM momentum for its cost-reduced ioScale card. The message is that costs are about to go down and revenues will climb. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers noted that Fusion is working on a third …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2013

HP: AUTONOMY 'misrepresented' its value by $5 BILLION, calls in SEC

Hewlett-Packard dropped a bomb this morning in reporting its financial results for its fiscal 2012 year, stating that the British software company Autonomy, which it acquired a little more than a year ago, "outright misrepresented" its own value - leading to a colossal $8.8bn writedown for HP today. In a conference call ahead of …
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How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013

Flash dramas abounded in 2013, from triumphant IPOs, disastrous IPO after-effects, profound strategy changes, and firms crashing out in flames. Two CEOs went. Two companies crashed. Several were bought. All in all it was a hell of a year. Let's start with all-flash arrays. All-flash arrays Here's where a lot of the flash …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014
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HP plucks webOS team out of departing PC division

HP evidently sees a brighter future for its webOS platform after moving the team into the Office of Strategy and Technology (OS&T) as it figures out what to do with the software. The other half of the business HP acquired from Palm – the hardware element – will continue to reside in its Personal Systems Group that will likely be …
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2011
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Microsoftie takes over HP's strategy

Bill Veghte, the former Microsoft hotshot that was brought in to run HP's small but important software business back in May 2010, has been named the company's chief strategy officer. Veghte came to HP back when Mark Hurd was still boss – that was two CEOs ago – and kept his job when Hurd was ousted and replaced by former SAP co- …
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HP Labs chief Prith Banerjee departs

Prith Banerjee, the head of HP Laboratories, has resigned for undisclosed reasons and is joining Zurich-based power and automation tech outfit ABB. Banerjee, SVP of research and the HP Labs director, is officially leaving on 15 April. HP CEO Meg Whitman issued a letter about his departure yesterday, which says: "He will be …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2012

HP taps server exec Fink as CTO, lab director

HP has a techie-in-chief after nearly a year of leaving key CTO and lab director positions unfilled. A year ago, then-new CEO Meg Whitman decided that HP did not need a chief technology officer, and Shane Robison – who came into HP in the wake of outsider CEO Carly Fiorina – was shown the door. In April of this year Prith …
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HP bangs on glass as 3PAR marches to the altar

If 3PAR decides the HP re-bid is a superior offer it is going to give Dell three days to come up with a better acquisition offer or be jilted. Dell made an agreed $18/share offer for 3PAR on August 16, after HP refused to raise its first bid on August 1. 3PAR and Dell were then set to walk to the altar with an agreed merger, as …
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2010
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HP gets Mickey Mouse marketing man

HP has appointed a long-time Disney executive, Michael Mendenhall, as its new marketing boss. Mendenhall has worked for Disney for the past 17 years and was responsible for marketing Disney's theme parks across the world. His new title at the ink giant is senior vice-president and chief marketing officer. He will report to …
John Oates, 12 Sep 2007
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HP sharp-elbows Dell to bid for 3PAR

HP has written to 3PAR CEO David Scott offering to buy the company for $24/share, trumping Dell's $18/share bid. So much for HP's preference for HDS' USP-V technology, which it OEMs as its high-end XP array. HP's bid is worth $1.6bn, a third more more than Dell's bid. It has been approved by HP's board and there is no need to …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2010
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Nokia's 15-year tango to avoid Microsoft

If you want to understand the existentialist despair of many Nokia staff today, then you need to understand how thoroughly its entire business has been about avoiding Microsoft. This is soaked into its identity, its culture, and its business model: Nokia has defined itself differently. But the economics underpinned everything. …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Feb 2011
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HP, er, raids partner Hitachi for storage chief

HP has corralled a new storage chief in the form of David Roberson. Roberson comes to HP from Hitachi Data Systems, where he worked for a whopping 26 years - most recently as CEO. He'll take on the SVP and GM titles as head of HP's storage business. Former storage guardian Bob Schultz will continue on has SVP and GM of HP's …
Ashlee Vance, 25 May 2007
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HP goes fresh with Labs and CFO posts

CEO swaps, stagnant shares and scandal behind it, HP appears to have reached retirement age for some of its veterans. Last week, HP Labs director Dick Lampman announced that he would depart in 2007, and this week CFO Bob Wayman said that he'll vanish at year end. Lampman - "Nightlight" to his friends - has been beavering away …
Ashlee Vance, 11 Dec 2006
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HP's Prince of Darkness joins NextIO board

The Register's favorite HP executive, CTO Shane Robison, is to take on additional responsibilities as he joins the board of secretive chip start-up NextIO. The former head of Internet strategy AT&T Labs was the instrumental figure in fomenting the HP-Compaq merger. In contrast to the standard Silicon Valley attire of Banana …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jan 2004
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NextIO grabs $19m for virtualized PCI Express extravaganza

NextIO has been stealthing away down in Austin, Texas, flying under the radar of most server customers. You can, however, be sure that the major server vendors know about this small shop. The start-up last week revealed a $19m funding round led by Adams Capital Management and Crescendo Ventures. That cash infusion brings NextIO' …
Ashlee Vance, 03 Mar 2008
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HP wants R&D to be serious business

Hewlett-Packard is measuring out business suits for its research and development arm, HP Labs. The vendor is reshaping its prestigious - yet never terribly profitable - research arm to "balance exploratory research with an entrepreneurial approach", the company announced today during a press event at its Palo Alto, California, …
Austin Modine, 07 Mar 2008
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Virtualized PCIe switch

Virtualized PCIe technology start-up NextIO has rev'ed and re-marketed products which were first announced in May. It announced its ioGateway family of ExpressConnect products, the N1400-PCM IBM blade server module and N2800-ICA back in May and has now anounced its Adaptive Connect products, comprising the, yes, you got it, …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2008
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HP's CEO takes $20m haul in 2006

HP shareholders might just applaud CEO Mark Hurd's hefty 2006 pay package, while those with more emotional ties to the company's historical reputation will recoil in horror. Hurd pocketed close to $20m last year with $1.4m coming from his salary, $8.6m coming from bonuses and millions more arriving in the form of stock-based …
Ashlee Vance, 24 Jan 2007
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I'm Carly, Fly Me

HP shed 3,000 jobs after its most recent financial results were announced, but at least one part of the company is stepping up its recruitment. Air Fiorina is looking for a flight attendant, based in San Jose, California. The executive air force needs an attendant who will be "responsible for passenger safety and comfort …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Sep 2003

HP to pump IDF full of Opteron boxes

Shocking as it seems to us, HP looks set to announce its new line of Opteron servers on Thursday - day three of the Intel Developer Forum. A couple of sources peg tomorrow as the day HP will do the deed and chum up to Intel rival AMD. If true, the Opteron server launch would cap off a busy week for HP with it backing Intel's …
Ashlee Vance, 18 Feb 2004
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HPaQ must die – major investor

Hewlett-Packard and Compaq are being urged to scrap their $19.7 billion merger by a US value-investment fund which owns shares in both businesses. According to the Wall Street Journal, Matrix Asset Advisors sent a letter to the boards of HP and Compaq last week asking them to rethink the deal. The paper quotes Matrix chief …
Robert Blincoe, 16 Oct 2001
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Don Capellas leaves HP

In a story created, but rejected by our automatic news generator for being too absurd, Mike 'Don' Capellas is to leave Hewlett Packard and join WorldCom, the Wall Street Journal reports. HP today confirmed the Don's departure, although the President can still be see in a spooky lit-from-below horror snap here. The outgoing CEO …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Nov 2002
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Alphacide yesterday, Yamhill tomorrow: HP merger architect talks

If the name Shane Robison doesn't mean much to you, then take heart, because it had barely figured on our radar until yesterday. Robison has been described as "the man behind the curtain" in the SirCam merger by people we trust, and the HP CTO was instrumental in bringing HP and Compaq together - at one stage, he was one of …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 May 2002

HP sees blades reviving thin clients

HP plans to use blade servers in combination with thin clients to serve as PC replacements in the coming years. The company has revealed plans to push clunky hardware off the worker's desk and into the server room, hoping to make company-wide PC management easier, The New York Times and InfoWorld report. Shane Robison, CTO at …
Ashlee Vance, 03 Jun 2003
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Carly Fiorina quits

Carly Fiorina Carly Fiorina has resigned as chairman and chief executive of HP, after losing the support of her board. Robert Wayman, HP's CFO, takes over as interim chief executive and will lead the search for Fiorina's replacement. He retains responsibility for finance. Patricia Dunn, an HP director since 1998, becomes non- …
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How HP invented the market for iPod resellers

Apple's iPod is the killer device of online music, and HP very well should have owned it. Back in 1999, researchers at Compaq designed a 30 Gbyte portable music player that weighed 9.5 ounces, could fit in your pocket and had 10 hours of battery life. The Personal Jukebox - aka PJB - went on sale for more than $500, and Compaq …
Ashlee Vance, 19 Jan 2004
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HP's PC biz braced for SAP hell

HP's customers should prepare for round two of the company's product ordering fiasco. Insiders have revealed that the very same problems which crippled HP's server business last year will likely hit the PC operation. The reason? The business side of the house can't play well with the IT staffers. HP stunned investors and …
Ashlee Vance, 24 Jan 2005
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HP turns to Darwin for help

Don't be afraid, dear readers, should your servers begin to sprout ears or feet. Even if you can't see it, your data center is evolving and Hewlett-Packard wants to help. HP paraded most of its top executives on stage at a Tuesday event to roll out what it calls the Darwin reference architecture. It's unclear exactly what …
Ashlee Vance, 07 May 2003
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HP raises wireless profile

Hewlett-Packard has not been one of the big noises in the wireless market so far. In its enterprise business, it has seen IBM leaping ahead in terms of mobile enterprise services; it has added wireless connectivity to its PCs and iPaq PDAs, but no more rapidly than anyone else; in networking it has been an also-ran. It now seeks …
Wireless Watch, 26 Oct 2003
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Scott McNealy on: Sun's secret weapon and its biggest mistake (not you, Apple)

Hard to imagine, in all the time we've been here the most we've gotten out of Scott is smalltalk about haircuts and parking. The following should help to put that right. On Monday we had an hour at Sun's HQ in Menlo Park, where the CEO and his executive team have relocated, Sun says, to be closer to their customer center. They …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Dec 2002