South Indian strikes a $3 billion deal with HP

IT giant Hewlett-Packard on Monday announced that it is buying Aruba Networks, the company founded by Hyderabadi Keerti Melkote in 2002, for nearly $3 billion. Aruba provides wireless networking gear for enterprises, competing against the likes of Cisco.

Melkote oversees all aspects of Aruba Networks’s intelligent wireless LAN switching system as well as all underlying technology. He served as Vice President of Product Management & Marketing of Aruba Networks since February 2002 and its Secretary where he was responsible for product roadmap and overall marketing strategy. He has 15 years of technology and marketing experience in both enterprise and service provider.

“Enterprise networks are increasingly being built around a ‘mobile first’ architecture, and that’s where we make sense for HP. This is a good deal for us, too, because HP will give us a worldwide presence and customers,” Keerti said.

Keerti Melkote

Keerti, the son of Gopal and Lalitha Melkote, comes from a family, which had fought for the freedom struggle.

His grandfather Dr G.S. Gopaliah Melkote, a medical practitioner, participated in all satyagrahas including salt satyagraha and was imprisoned. He won Lok Sabha seat thrice — twice on the Congress ticket and once on Telangana Praja Samiti’s ticket.

He served as the Senior Director of Product Management and Marketing of Tahoe Networks, a cellular mobile data networking company since 2001. Prior to joining Tahoe Networks, he served as Director of Product Management of the Shasta IP Services division of Nortel Network from 1999 to 2001.

Prior to that, he worked at Cisco Systems on the Catalyst LAN switching product line, where Mr. Melkote was responsible for the definition and launch of Cisco’s high-end enterprise LAN switching systems. Before Cisco, he was responsible for deploying high-performance LAN and ATM backbone infrastructure at Intel. He has been a Director of Aruba Networks Inc. since 2002. He holds MSEE from Purdue University with an emphasis on distributed systems and TCP/IP networking and a B.Tech in ECE from JNTU, Hyderabad.

Sharanya Bharathwaj