HPE/Aruba buys networking analysis company Rasa Networks

HPE/Aruba confirmed today that the company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rasa Networks, a network performance management and analytics startup, for an undisclosed amount.

As Network World reported last month, HPE/Aruba had been planning the move for several weeks. An internal communique to employees stated that Rasa’s technology would become a part of the company’s Clarity wireless management software, and that Rasa workers would be integrated into Aruba’s R&D team, reporting to CTO and co-founder Keerti Melkote.

The message also said that the deal is expected to close sometime in the second half of fiscal 2016.

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It’s thought that Rasa’s analytics and monitoring technology might help Aruba create a unified wired and wireless network management framework for the cloud, which could be an important competitive edge.

HPE/Aruba’s press office confirmed the deal, saying in a statement that the move is part of a broader strategy on the company’s part.

“The definitive agreement to acquire Rasa Networks aligns with HPE’s strategy to focus on key growth areas of the portfolio,” the statement said.

Rasa was founded in 2013 by Partho Mishra, a former Cisco engineer who had worked in that company’s small cell division. Sources close to the deal previously told Network World that Rasa had been looking for a buyout for some time, and that Ruckus and Cisco had both had the opportunity, but ultimately passed it up.

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