Mist CEO Fires Back At Aruba Claims, Talks Cisco Relationship And Network Virtualization Disruption

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Mist CEO: Aruba Claim 'Falls Flat'

Aiming to disrupt the wireless enterprise market through machine learning and artificial intelligence, Mist Systems virtualization technology is unmatched in today's market, according to its CEO and co-founder Sujai Hajela.

When Aruba Networks recently said its new asset tracking solution was cheaper and simpler compared to the joint Mist and Cisco solution, Hajela felt the need to speak up.

"Aruba's claims, from my perspective, fall flat because it's a physical beacon they sell," said Hajela, who is a former top executive at Cisco. "Their claim is highly questionable when the world knows that virtualization drives lower total cost of ownership."

Mist was named on CRN's 10 Coolest Networking Startups of 2016. Hajela talks to CRN about Aruba, the startup's partnership with Cisco, newtork virtualization and Mist's channel strategy.

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