Hortonworks is suing a former sales manager in the UK, accusing him of taking contracts for himself and his next employer, according to court documents seen by The Register. The Apache Hadoop vendor alleges that ex-enterprise sales account manager Ben Rudall used confidential information about the business and its customers to make contact with clients for the benefit of himself and his new employer, rival Snowflake Computing UK.
Snowflake is a cloud data storage firm, and because “it provides data solutions for clients which need to process and store large volumes of data”, Hortonworks considers them a direct competitor. This is supported by a separate court case between Hortonworks’ Dutch branch and a former employee, where the court agreed that Hortonworks and Snowflake were competitors.
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