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Keerti Melkote On Aruba ESP Vs. Cisco Meraki, Silver Peak Plans, And How Aruba As-A-Service Isn’t Simply ‘Repackaging’

Gina Narcisi

Aruba is incentivizing partners to pursue the as-a-service model and the vendors’s ESP platform is winning against Cisco Meraki and Juniper Mist. Meanwhile, Aruba has big plans for its Silver Peak purchase, Aruba Networks’ longtime leader Keerti Melkote told CRN.

How big is the opportunity for partners around learning to help their clients make sense of their data?

This, I think, is a very, very important question. We’ve talked in the past about how network engineers in the community need to transition from becoming configuration jockeys to software engineers where they can write code. Many of them will make the transition, but not all. The second opportunity that network engineers have is, for those that don’t want to make the transition to software engineer, is becoming a data engineer. And that’s a different set of skills. You don’t have to write code for it, but you to be able to [dive into] the analysis of the data. So, I think data engineering is a very, very interesting extension of what a network engineer [can] do. I think, between those two career paths, either you go [and] become more skilled at writing software or automation, or you become more skilled at querying the data and correlating the data to give you the insight that you need. Those are the two paths I see. I see all these kids graduating with computer science degrees these days in college, but many of them are saying they want to go down the data science path or AI path, and I think the same is true for engineers at our partners as well.

 
Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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