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Breaking: VMware Announces Intent to Acquire Uhana

Alex Wang

As customers bridge current services from 4G to 5G, service assurance becomes critical. VMware already provides automated capabilities to operators, helping customers accelerate their virtual network function deployments with end-to-end service assurance—but there’s even more that can be done to intelligently accelerate and optimize networks and applications, even as we build on our service assurance capabilities.

With these challenges at the forefront of telco today, VMware has announced our intent to acquire Uhana, a company that has built a real-time deep learning engine to optimize carrier network operations and application quality experience, deployable in the operator private cloud or public cloud infrastructure. Uhana brings critical talent from Stanford, as well as deep AI and machine learning experience specific to mobile carrier networks and their operations. Uhana’s talent, combined with cutting-edge technology like bandwidth slicing and network intelligence, will help to power the VMware Service Assurance portfolio.

VMware is dedicated to helping the telco industry—including communication service providers (CSPs) and over-the-top (OTT) providers—evolve networks through the power of the cloud. As users demand higher speed and quality of service even as organizations prepare to make the journey to 5G, the ability to intelligently accelerate and analyze networks and applications is critical to success.

On behalf of VMware and our Telco and Edge Cloud Business Unit, I look forward to welcoming the Uhana team to VMware.

Cloud-enabled services are helping CSPs today, but are also the key to success for tomorrow. In some ways, the shift to 5G marks the “cloudification” of the telecom industry, which requires a new paradigm and mindset. After the transaction closes, we expect Uhana’s capabilities to round out our telco portfolio and help customers continually improve their networks.

For additional information, please read today’s announcement blog.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding VMware's intention to acquire Uhana the expected benefits of the acquisition; and the expected complementary nature and strategic advantages of combined offerings and opportunities after close. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) the ability of the parties to satisfy closing conditions to the acquisition on a timely basis or at all; (ii) market conditions, regulatory requirements and other corporate considerations that could affect the timing and closing conditions to the acquisition; (iii) the ability to successfully integrate acquired companies and assets into VMware; (iv) VMware's customers' ability to accept emerging technology and to transition to new products and computing strategies; (v) competitive factors, including but not limited to VMware’s ability to compete in new industries, the entry of new competitors into the industries in which VMware competes, and the success of new product and marketing initiatives by VMware and VMware's competitors; (vi) VMware's ability to enter into and maintain strategically effective partnerships; (vii) rapid technological changes in the virtualization software and cloud, end user and mobile computing industries; (viii) changes to product and service development timelines; (ix) VMware's ability to protect its proprietary technology; (x) VMware's ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xi) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (xii) changes in VMware's financial condition; and (xiii) VMware's relationship with Dell Technologies and Dell's ability to control matters requiring stockholder approval. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release, are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including VMware's most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that we may file from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.