NetApp to cut 900 jobs after reporting flat sales

Storage provider NetApp has announced that it will cut 900 jobs after sales ground to a halt in its most recent financial quarter. 

The company's revenue for the three months ending April 26 was $1.7 billion, up less than 1% from the same period of last year. 

Products sales fell by 2.3% year-on-year during the quarter, and net income dropped 4% to $180.7 million. 

The weak showing is by no means unexpected. Last week, it emerged that Elliott Management, the hedge fund that successfully lobbied for BMC Software to go private, had acquired a stake in NetApp.

The company said that it expects to incur a charge of up to $60 million for the restructuring programme. 

NetApp offered no explanation for its flat sales in its financial statement. However, the recent launch of a new service that allows businesses to use their NetApp kit like a cloud-based file sharing service implies that it may be the latest casualty of the shift to the cloud. 

NetApp is not the only enterprise IT supplier cutting jobs though. Arch-rival EMC announced this month that it would be slashing 1,000 jobs. VMware also announced 800 job cuts. 

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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