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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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How do you feel as you leave Aruba to start the next chapter?

It is emotional, you know? Because ultimately, the whole journey is about relationships and people. Aruba on paper—it’s an abstract entity, so when people wonder what is Aruba? It’s a piece of paper incorporated. The real Aruba is the experiences and the people that make the company what it is in the community that we’ve built with it. That to me is the most fulfilling part of this journey—that depth of relationships and that genuine human regard we have for each other and the fact that everybody has each other’s backs—that’s what a community is about. Whether it’s a customer, partner or Aruba employee, it’s been incredible to see the notes I have received in last two days. On the one hand, [I have a] deep sense of gratitude for them for allowing and enabling this journey to actually happen. And beyond the cooperation and the technology and everything else, it is that culture we have built that people have said permits them to stay productive. And so, I think that’s why I feel confident moving forward.

It’s an emotional moment for me for sure. My wife was with me saying goodbye to Arubans today. It was a journey we started many years ago. My baby was four months old, and I told [my wife] I would not have a paycheck for 10 months. And she said: ’That’s fine. Go for it. We’ll figure it out.’ And it turned out to be 20-year journey from there. Obviously, there’s a lot of emotions tied up and it’ll take me time to process to be honest with you in the moment right now, but I have deep gratitude for everyone, especially our partners.


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