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Keerti Melkote On The Aruba Team’s ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ And His Future Plans: Exclusive

With the news that Aruba Networks founder Keerti Melkote is leaving the company, the tech visionary shares with CRN why now was the time to leave and describes how Aruba’s portfolio is ‘on fire.’ He also tells CRN that HPE CEO Antonio Neri has been and will continue to be Aruba’s ‘biggest cheerleader.’

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What will you be doing next?

Twenty years was a long time running a company, and it was a significant part of my life. I’ve always put my family second and Aruba first—which is also my family—in many ways, whether it’s traveling for customers or doing whatever. I just wanted to take some time putting personal family first and that requires me to kind of take a step back.

I’m not going away. I’m going to be an adviser to Antonio and Phil and to the leadership team, but it was time for me to turn the reins over to some fresh energy and talent to take [the company] forward.

Do you have future plans to look at new areas of opportunity or technology with your two longtime partners, Partha Narasimhan and Pradeep Iyer, who also left Aruba?

Not right now. We are all in the same boat. We’ve given our blood, sweat and tears to grow the company for 20 years and we’re all basically going back to our personal families to spend some time to relax with them. Each one of us have planned summer breaks. Aruba will always be in our hearts and we’ll continue to support them, but maybe we’ll resurface sometime next year and think about what to do next, but not right now. Right now, it’s just [about] helping with the transition to keep the momentum going with Aruba, and to take a backseat.

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