CRN Exclusive: Aruba Co-Founder Melkote On Taking Cisco 'Head On' With New Core Switch, Asset Tracking, IoT And The 'Margin Rich' Opportunity At The Intelligent Edge

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Melkote On The Record

Keerti Melkote the senior vice president, general manager and co-founder of Aruba Networks, the HPE subsidiary driving the intelligent edge Internet of Things revolution, spoke with CRN about the company's new switch that takes on Cisco at the network core, new asset tracking solution and the dramatic architectural differences between Cisco and Aruba.

Melkote said the HPE acquisition of Aruba has helped unleash more innovation in HPE. "The innovation and customer first approach to our culture is what I think is giving HPE more confidence that we can do more of these acquisitions, like Nimble and SimpliVity, and create this new stack that customers are looking for," he says. "And most importantly have the confidence that we can keep the talent – the innovation DNA – that comes from these startups as part of the HPE organization and make HPE a very innovative company moving forward."

Melkote, in fact, has become an "ambassador" of sorts to the newly acquired companies – providing advice on how to continue to drive innovation at an unprecedented clip – while taking advantage of HPE's enterprise channel muscle to grow the business dramatically.

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