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VMware has taken over Uhana, an artificial intelligence (AI) startup, for an unknown amount. Uhana creates an AI-driven analytics platform that helps telecom providers find ways to optimize their networks.

Uhana was founded in 2016 by Professor Sachin Katti of Stanford University and Manu Bansal, and an engineer who did his doctoral research in Katti’s team, writes Silicon Angle. The company’s platform consists of two main components. First of all, there is a stream processing engine that extracts operational logs from the infrastructure of a telecom provider. A second part is a machine learning module that converts this into useful insights.

Detecting problems

With this technology, providers gain insight into the quality that end users experience of the service. The AI algorithms can also scan operational data for exceptions, highlight potential network problems, and provide advice on how to resolve them. Problems can be prioritized based on how important they are, to help engineers determine which ones to tackle first.

VMware argues that Uhana’s algorithms are sensitive enough to detect localized exceptions that only affect a specific user group or cloud applications. The software does this by combining the operational data it collects with information about the services to which users have access.


With the acquisition, VMware is giving a boost to its telecommunications department. The company already offers a network management platform for telecom providers called vCloud NFV. This platform is used by more than seventy providers worldwide, including AT&T and Vodafone. Uhana’s technology should improve the additional analytics tools that VMware sells alongside vCloud NFV.

The company wants to specifically integrate the software into its Smart Assurance and Smart Experience solutions, enabling providers to detect technical issues and analyze the efficiency of their operations.

Bitfusion and Avi Networks

VMware is in a series of acquisitions. Earlier this month, the company acquired Bitfusion, which has developed a virtual operating system for hardware accelerators. It also took over Bitname – which makes ready-to-use versions of popular open source applications – as well as Avi Networks. Avi Networks creates application delivery services for large enterprises in a multi cloud production.

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