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Aruba Networks' Keerti Melkote On COVID-19 ‘Accelerating’ Network Transformation Connectivity In Crisis

Aruba founder Keerti Melkote shares how the networking firm’s employees, partners and customers are setting up new networks on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, how Wi-Fi and 5G will work together to empower the next decade of innovation, and how any doubt around the importance of digital transformation has been “completely removed.”

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Productivity is powered by secure, high-quality connectivity. And connectivity is needed perhaps now more than ever as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic brings sweeping changes to employees, students, and the healthcare industry around the globe.

That's where Aruba Networks came in. The 18-year-old networking specialist has been focused on “the edge of the network” in recent years, and that focus couldn’t be more relevant today as millions work and learn from home. Keerti Melkote, co-founder and president of Aruba Networks, said there’s been a “crazy surge” in demand for remote management solutions – particularly, for a remote access point product that Aruba developed during the H5N1 outbreak -- as companies embrace work-from-home scenarios more wholeheartedly. And now is the time for partners to shine with edge-as-a-service and managed solutions to help them empower their customers in a “no-touch” manner for the time being, he said.

Melkote talked to CRN about how the pandemic has changed how Aruba develops products, the digital transformation that COVID-19 has forced and the future of Wi-Fi and 5G, and how the networking company’s customers, partners, and employees are helping on the front lines in the U.S. and overseas by bringing connectivity to places its never been before, including hospital parking lots.

Here are excerpts from the conversation.

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