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HPE To Acquire Silver Peak For $925M To Boost SD-WAN, Aruba – CRN: Technology news for channel partners and solution providers

Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquires Silver Peak for $925 million to combine SD-WAN innovation with HPE’s Aruba networking.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s networking business is getting a serious shot in the arm with the unveiling of the company’s plan on Monday to acquire software-defined WAN standout Silver Peak for approximately $925 million in cash.
“HPE was an early mover in identifying the opportunity at the edge and that trend is accelerating in a post-COVID world,” said HPE president and CEO Antonio Neri, in a statement. “With this acquisition we are accelerating our edge-to-cloud strategy to provide a true distributed cloud model and cloud experience for all apps and data wherever they live. Silver Peak’s innovative team and technology bring critical capabilities that will help our customers modernize and transform their networks to securely connect any edge to any cloud.”
HPE will combine Silver Peak’s SD-WAN technology with Aruba, HPE’s networking subsidiary, who was recently named a visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant For Data Center And Cloud Networking.
[Related: Antonio Neri Is ‘Doing Well,’ Has Not Had COVID-19 Symptoms For 10 Days]
Silver Peak, who received a five-star rating in CRN’s 2020 Partner Program Guide, has been a longtime player in the SD-WAN space who has more than 1,500 SD-WAN customers in production worldwide. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company’s SD-WAN will boost Aruba’s Edge Service Platform by tying together Silver Peak SD-WAN with Aruba’s SD-Branch solutions in a move to help customers simplify branch office and WAN deployments to empower remote workers and enable cloud-connected distributed enterprises.
“Today’s announcement comes at a unique moment for our customers, who are grappling with business recovery in the wake of the pandemic,” said Keerti Melkote, president of Intelligent Edge for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and founder of Aruba Networks. “The need for edge-to-cloud architectures has never been more relevant as enterprises look to extend connectivity to branch locations and enable secure work-from-home experiences. Silver Peak’s technology transforms legacy WAN architectures to self-driving WANs, which is a perfect fit with Aruba’s cloud-native, AI-driven Edge Services Platform. Together, we will be able to meet these needs with critical connectivity, security, and AI capabilities to drive the next generation of Edge-to-Cloud transformation.”
In a recent interview with CRN, Aruba’s Melkote said the network edge and the data found at the edge is where the most powerful opportunities lie for businesses and channel partners. “Data isn‘t confined to the data rooms like it was during the mainframe era or on our computers, and the new normal is going to be even more pervasive than that.

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