Steve Duplessie, the Enterprise Strategy Group analyst who last week tweeted and blogged an allegation that " Symantec canned 600 or so VxFS ... VxVM, and VCS (Cluster Server) developers and engineers," has retreated from that position and has, in comments on the original post, written "... I may be full of s**t on the numbers here. Could have been conned by some bitter dudes who got canned. More to follow."
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Duplessie has cited "Dozens of emails from canned folk" as his source for his original statements.
SearchStorage ANZ asked Symantec's Australian office if there was any truth to the statements in Duplessie's original post, and was told that the company does not comment on speculation or rumour.
Interestingly, one of the commentors on Duplessie's post is "DWhitehair" From the tone of the comments, "DWhitehair" is almost certainly Dean Whitehair, listed on Symantec's Analyst Relations Contacts page as the company's "Team Leader, Executive Programs, Mergers & Acquisitions." Whitehair's comment does not deny job losses, or Duplessie's assertion of their scale.
UPDATE: 1:30 PM MONDAY MARCH 22nd
Symantec has issued a statment " ...
"Symantec is not exiting this space, and we remain committed to helping our customers who face significant challenges in managing storage growth and ensuring the availability of their critical information.
Seems I’ve caused a shi#storm over this, which for a change, wasn’t my intent. While I don’t know the real number, SYMC says no way is it 600 and no way are they even remotely all from those groups. There are definetely swelling ranks amongst the Veritas Alumni clubs (yahoo, for example) which lends credence to the fact that folks are getting cut – but who knows if this is anything more than normal business. EMC trims the bottom off every quarter, and has for decades, this could be nothing more than normal grooming.