Storage Soup

Feb 1 2008   11:23AM GMT

Hello Tony, Goodbye Tony

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

This has to be some kind of record. I haven’t gotten hold of him directly yet, but sources close to the situation confirmed today that Tony Asaro has left Dell, less than a month after leaving analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) for the vendor.

Asaro’s departure from Dell was followed closely throughout the storage industry, with fellow analysts and even the readers of this blog throwing in their two cents. “I give him 12-18 months” wrote Storage Soup commenter “chameleon”.

Turns out chameleon should’ve taken the under on that bet.

As a reporter, this little tidbit is giving me an allergic reaction, because it prompts more questions than it answers. Why did Asaro go to Dell in the first place? And once he made that move, why did he leave after only about three weeks? Why did he tender his resignation suddenly, so suddenly that Dell had already sent out an invitation to an event Monday with his name on it? And where does he go from here?

At the time of his departure from ESG, we cautioned:

[Asaro] will need to be careful to avoid the fate of another former analyst, Randy Kerns, who left the Evaluator Group to become a vice president of strategy and planning at Sun in September 2005, shortly after Sun completed a blockbuster acquisition of its own. Less than a year later, he left Sun, resurfacing in October 2006 as CTO of ProStor Systems.

In retrospect, that seems laughable. Compared to Asaro’s tenure at Dell, Sun should’ve given Kerns a gold watch.

Speaking of Dell, EqualLogic and questions, there’s some head-scratching going on as to why EqualLogic CEO Don Bulens isn’t listed among the execs at Monday’s event. That has people asking how long he’ll stick around now that the deal is closed. I’ll be there reporting, and that’s one question I hope will be answered, along with its attendant followups, as soon as possible. Stay tuned to the news page for more.

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