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June 18, 2010

Cross Pollination

Filed under: General — Nate @ 8:44 am

I don’t know about you but to me it’s kind of odd. It’s not something I would expect to be such a regular occurrence. Maybe it’s just the region, or maybe it’s broader.

I’m talking about vendor sales reps and engineers jumping from one company directly to the competition. I mean just from my own experience, I know people who have

  • Moved from Extreme networks to Juniper
  • Moved from Foundry networks to Extreme
  • Moved from HP networking to Extreme
  • Moved from Foundry networks to A10 networks
  • Moved from F5 networks to A10 networks
  • Moved from EMC to 3PAR
  • Moved from NetApp to 3PAR
  • Moved from Equallogic to 3PAR
  • And recently saw someone I hadn’t  seen in more than a year and a half moved from Hitachi to Xiotech

Maybe it’s just the line of work, but to me at least it seems like an amazing amount of cross pollination to the point where it’s hard to tell on occasion what the person really believes, I mean one minute they are pitching product X from you and bashing product Y then the next their doing the opposite.

Then there are other less direct migrations of course going from a manufacturer to a VAR or a distributor, but I’ve been more fascinated by those making the leap from one manufacturer to another.

I suppose it’s just a job at the end of the day.

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