VMware to acquire AI startup Uhana to boost telco portfolio

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VMware to acquire AI startup Uhana to boost telco portfolio

VMware has announced plans to acquire Palo Alto-based Uhana, a startup whose AI engine is used to optimise network operations for mobile carriers and applications.

Uhana’s technology reduces the costs of network operations, improves efficiency and offers "a differentiated application experience in an industry where mobile connectivity is being commoditised,” according to a VMware blog post.

The AI platform can be deployed on public or private cloud infrastructure and includes a “high-performance” stream processing engine that processes network telemetry from a variety of data sources to offer real-time, per-subscriber visibility. The engine can also discover and predict anomalies and automatically recommend an optimisation strategy in response.

Here’s why VMware set its sights on Uhana.

VMware plans to integrate Uhana’s technology into its own Telco Cloud and Edge Cloud portfolios, products aimed at helping telcos transition to programmable and virtualised 4G or 5G networks, as well as improving low latency apps like cloud gaming, VR/AR and IoT.

“To deliver a consistent and great user experience with competitive economics, network service providers need to automate network operations and directly optimise applications to solve this problem urgently. The answer is an AI-driven, scalable network and application experience management system, said VMware’s EVP and GM of Telco and Edge Cloud Shekar Ayyar.

VMware also plans to integrate Uhana’s intelligence and analytics capabilities into its Smart Assurance and Smart Experience products for automating services and delivering customer insights.

This marks VMware's second acquisition in as many weeks, aftering acquiring US-based Bitfusion, whose software platform virtualises hardware accelerators for applications like virtualised GPUs, FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays) and ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits).

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