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VMware to acquire AI-based network automation startup Uhana

Cloud computing and virtualisation software giant VMware is acquiring Uhana, a startup using deep learning and real-time artificial intelligence to automate network operations.

While the financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, VMware said that adding Uhana’s technology to its Telco Cloud and Edge Cloud portfolio, the company will “demonstrate our commitment to serving the telecom industry and deepening intelligence in the journey to 5G.”

The startup’s cloud software platform provides information about the end-user experience through either public or private cloud infrastructure.

At the same time, its artificial intelligence algorithms scan the collected operational data for anomalies in the network and provide automated feedback on how to fix them.

According to VMware, Uhana’s algorithms are precise enough to detect localised anomalies affecting specific user groups or cloud applications. The software achieves this precision by combining the operational data from carrier infrastructure with specific information about the services users access.

“Uhana’s core technology is a highly-scalable, low-latency, real-time stream processing and AI platform, deployable in the operator’s private cloud or public cloud infrastructure,” said Shekar Ayyar, VMware’s EVP & GM of Telco and Edge Cloud in a blog post.

“It includes a high-performance stream processing engine that ingests subscriber-level network telemetry from a variety of data sources: the radio access network, the core network and optionally even the over-the-top application directly, and processes the telemetry to provide real-time, per-subscriber visibility.” 

Uhana’s acquisition is the second one for VMware this month. Just two weeks ago, the cloud giant acquired US-based Bitfusion, a company with a software platform that virtualises hardware accelerators for various applications.

“After closing the transaction,” Ayyar explained, “Uhana’s technology will also be poised to empower intelligence and analytics for VMware Smart Assurance and VMware Smart Experience products. We look forward to welcoming the team from Uhana to VMware”.

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