March 29, 2018

HPE to acquire Wi-Fi monitoring provider Cape Networks

The acquisition aims to provide customers with monitoring capabilities for SaaS applications and network services.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) are all set to acquire Wi-Fi monitoring company Cape Networks. With this acquisition, Cape Networks will become a part of HPE’s SBU Aruba to expand their AI prowess with monitoring capabilities for SaaS apps and network services.

According to HPE, organizations are looking to mitigate service quality issues before they occur in order to accelerate the time taken to resolve them. They further added that organizations have chosen this approach to optimize operational costs.

Within the cloud an IoT hemisphere, HPE reveals that businesses are looking to diagnose end-user application availability along with the performance of mission-critical services. They also believe that with the help of Cape’s sensor-based and network agnostic approach, they will be able to assist businesses in identifying issues beforehand.

Speaking about the acquisition, Partha Narasimhan, CTO for Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, commented:

Cape Networks strengthens and further differentiates the Aruba Mobile First Architecture with a simple and intuitive, yet powerful, approach to optimizing the end-user experience. With Cape Networks, IT can easily deploy and use a network of sensors to proactively optimize and remotely troubleshoot end user experiences for on-premises and cloud applications such as SAP, Salesforce.com, Microsoft Office and Wi-Fi captive portals.

Cape Networks say that the decision to partner with HPE became easier once they saw synergies with respect to their vision and growth in the market. Explaining the decision to be acquired, David Wilson, Founder of Cape Networks, commented:

We’ve had tremendous success with enterprise customers around the world with our sensor-based service assurance solution. Our solution directly complements the industry-leading Aruba NetInsight solution and will help extend Aruba’s leadership and contribute to Aruba’s continued growth.

It will be interesting to see how HPE’s Aruba makes hay with this acquisition given the tremendous competition in the cloud, AI and IoT industry.

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