CRN Exclusive: Tech Visionary Melkote On Aruba's Upcoming SD-WAN Breakthrough, 'Autonomous' Networks, And Why He Is Not Worried About Cisco Catching Up

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Unleashing The Next Wave Of Aruba Innovation

Keerti Melkote, senior vice president, general manager and co-founder of Aruba Networks, the Hewlett Packard Enterprise subsidiary driving the intelligent edge Internet of Things revolution, spoke with CRN about the next wave of innovation coming from the wireless market leader, including an upcoming SD-WAN offering, a new era of autonomous networks, and why he is no longer worried about Cisco catching up.

Melkote's technology vision has propelled Aruba to the top of the wireless networking world and now into the core of the network with the new Aruba 8400 switch and OS-CX operating system. Now, Melkote is planning the next wave of innovation including an SD-WAN offering that is aimed at bringing wireless networks and wide area networks together.

"In the past, the enterprise used to be  campus, branch and data center and you connected them together," said Melkote. "Today that data center is no longer just a data center. It is a VPC [virtual private cloud] sitting in AWS somewhere. It is Azure. It is SaaS. Your applications are all over the place. And if you look at how you connect to those applications, you have campuses, branches, telecommuters, remote workers, mobile workers. So you have to bring the distributed nature of everything together over private networks and the internet. That is the piece that is not yet solved. That is what we are going to bring to bear. We are going to bring the whole thing together."

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