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HPE acquires Cape Networks to grow AI capability

Steve Rogerson
April 17, 2018



Hewlett Packard Enterprise is buying privately-held Cape Networks, based in Cape Town, South Africa, and San Francisco, to expand its artificial intelligence (AI) networking capabilities.
 
Cape Networks will become a part of HPE subsidiary Aruba and will expand Aruba’s AI-powered networking capabilities with sensor-based service assurance that gives users a simple, proactive and network-agnostic tool for measuring and monitoring SaaS, applications and network services.
 
This should help organisations deliver a better end user experience by enabling IT to get ahead of service quality issues before they occur, accelerate time to resolution, and lower cost of operations. 
 
Due to the proliferation of mobile, cloud and the IoT, the need to diagnose end-user application availability and performance of mission critical services has become essential for business success. By applying a sensor-based and network agnostic approach to service assurance, Cape Networks proactively tests the availability and performance of services and applications, alerting IT professionals of issues before they impact the user or the business.
 
The company delivers easy-to-use insights with a simple and intuitive dashboard that helps eliminate the guesswork for IT.
 
This complements Aruba NetInsight, and together will deliver AI-powered analytics and assurance so that users can quickly adapt to changes in the user, device, application and network environments.
 
“Cape Networks strengthens and further differentiates the Aruba Mobile First architecture with a simple and intuitive, yet powerful, approach to optimising the end-user experience,” said Partha Narasimhan, CTO for Aruba. “Mobile, IoT and cloud continue to add pressure and complexity for IT organisations. Despite this, the quality of service and experiences can’t be compromised, especially for mission-critical business applications. With Cape Networks, IT can easily deploy and use a network of sensors to proactively optimise and remotely troubleshoot end user experiences for on-premises and cloud applications such as SAP, Salesforce.com, Microsoft Office and wifi captive portals.”
 
The AI-powered automation added to Aruba’s portfolio furthers its innovation in the era of autonomous networking where IT must deal with constant change, increasing complexity and limited resources. This gives IT the agility they need to move away from manual and repetitive tasks and to focus on innovating and delivering new services to meet the changing needs of the business.
 
“Since founding Cape Networks in 2014, we’ve had tremendous success with enterprise customers around the world with our sensor-based service assurance,” said David Wilson, founder of Cape Networks. “Our solution directly complements the industry-leading Aruba NetInsight and will help extend Aruba’s leadership and contribute to Aruba’s continued growth.”