HPE Aruba To Acquire Cape Networks In Play For More Complete Analytics Solution

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HPE Aruba says it will acquire Cape Networks in a move to bolster its position in network analytics and give partners an opportunity to sell a complete set of artificial intelligence-based networking capabilities.

Cape Town, South Africa-based Cape Networks will bring HPE Aruba added telemetry and sensor data from a user perspective, Alan Ni, HPE Aruba director of vertical marketing, told CRN.

HPE Aruba is announcing the definitive agreement to acquire privately held Cape today at its Atmosphere conference in Las Vegas. 

At the same time, HPE Aruba introduced its NetInsight system, which continuously monitors the network and relays critical information about its performance to users. It also gives recommendations for how to tackle specific network problems and how to optimize the network for mobile, wireless and IoT devices.

NetInsights and Cape will work together closely, Ni said.

"Cape is going to complete the picture on the entire user experience," Ni said. "With NetInsight, we're pulling in a lot of data from the network perspective to understand configurations in the network and various space environments and allow users to fine-tune and find problems through machine learning. What Cape is going to add is the ability to have sensors focused on the user perspective."

The Cape solution will cover everything from the quality of the connection, to the application layer, Ni said. "All the AI and machine learning we're utilizing are only as good as the source data we have, so you can see where this fits really nicely into the portfolio."

The combination of Cape and HPE Aruba's new NetInsight analytics solution "elevates and makes us even a stronger portfolio. For partners that are aligned with Aruba and going into different opportunities, whether it's in the enterprise, retail, health care, etc., we now have a stronger solution driven at folks looking to deploy this mobile-first approach," said Ni.

Cape's solution is a network-agnostic tool for measuring and monitoring SaaS, application and network services. The solution tests the availability and performance of services and applications and sends alerts before problems occur.

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