Executive vision: Compaq chief digs in his heels

In the first in a series of interviews with the CEOs and top executives of major storage companies attending the Merrill Lynch Storage Technology Conference in Santa Barbara this week, searchStorage talks to Mark Lewis, the newly-named general manager of Compaq's Enterprise Storage Group. Compaq Computer Corp.'s enterprise storage initiatives have been hindered by the popular perception that a company with a PC desktop heritage can't possibly be serious about corporate data centers. But Compaq has come a long way. Recent research has pegged Compaq as the fastest growing storage vendor of the last two years. Gartner Group recently awarded Compaq the coveted upper-right quadrant in its ratings of storage-area network vendors. And Compaq is now rolling out an ambitious strategy to raise a single software and management umbrella over customers' entire storage holdings, a strategy it calls virtualization.

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