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The Top 25 Disrupters Of 2018

As part of the Top 100 Executives Of 2018, CRN looks at 25 execs that are throwing a curveball at the technology world.

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1. Keerti Melkote

President, Intelligent Edge Business Unit

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Technology visionary Keerti Melkote called the mobile- and cloud- first wireless networking paradigm shift well before anyone else and proceeded to disrupt onetime market leader Cisco in the intelligent edge market battle.

Now the Aruba co-founder and superstar engineer, who holds several patents, is aiming to shake up the SD-WAN market with the same kind of breakthrough software that he put to good use in the networking market. This time, the focus is on bringing the power of artificial intelligence and proven security software to the SD-WAN branch market to capitalize on a $7 billion market opportunity.

If you need further proof of just what kind of impact Melkote is having on HPE, look at the robust growth from the intelligent business unit he heads—now a $1-billion-plus business with sales growth of 17 percent in the most recent quarter.

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