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Cumulus Networks™ Brings The Power Of Linux® To Networking

June 20, 2013 by  

Web Hosting ServicesSunnyvale, Calif. – Cumulus Networks today emerged from stealth to unveil Cumulus Linux the first true, full-featured Linux operating system for datacenter networking. Already in deployment by several next-generation service providers and enterprises, Cumulus Linux enables fast, easy and affordable networking and fills the void for a truly standalone network operating system (OS). These benefits are helping customers fulfill the promise of the software-defined datacenter.

“DreamHost’s large-scale, high-capacity cloud network is greatly enhanced by the use of Cumulus technology, giving us hardware platform flexibility, significantly improved automation and management, and fantastic performance,” said Jonathan LaCour, VP Product and Development at DreamHost. “Cumulus Linux represents a fundamental shift in how service providers build out cloud-scale networks.”

Cumulus Linux is in large-scale commercial deployment with one of the world’s biggest cloud providers, as well as a newer generation of cloud service providers such as DreamHost and Fastly.

New Datacenter Economics & Agility

Cumulus Linux is the foundation for a network that is much faster, far simpler and more affordable than incumbent models.

Faster: Cumulus Networks helps customers get more capacity for their budget by enabling the use of the new generation of high-speed switching gear – without vendor lock-in. Bare-metal gear from Quanta, Accton and Agema deliver unprecedented price-performance. Until now, it was impossible for the majority of companies to take advantage of this hardware.

Simpler & Greater Agility: Cumulus Linux radically simplifies orchestration, automation and monitoring of networks giving IT the agility to support business applications and imperatives in record time. By providing an underlying OS for common Linux-based toolsets, customers can use automation tools such as Chef or Puppet and monitoring tools like Ganglia and collectd. Cumulus also works with overlay network technologies such as network virtualization from VMware. Because it sits at the edge of the network, Cumulus Linux also allows for routing between physical and virtual servers – an unprecedented capability. As a result, tasks that previously took days or weeks as one-off projects can be standardized and completed in minutes.

Affordable: Cumulus Networks drives radical CAPEX and OPEX cost-savings. Because Cumulus Linux runs on a broad array of “bare-metal” network hardware from vendors like Quanta, Accton and Agema, customers can purchase hardware at cost far lower than incumbents. At the same time, hardware running Cumulus Linux can run right alongside existing systems because Cumulus Linux uses industry standard switching and routing protocols. In terms of operational expenditures, Linux-savvy IT teams can use common Linux-based toolsets to administer both server and network infrastructure. More importantly, when companies spend less on hardware per unit they can invest the difference to build better, higher-capacity, more flexible networks.

Pricing and Availability
Cumulus Linux is commercially available now through an annual subscription-pricing model that includes support and maintenance and scales based on the switch performance capacity.

About Cumulus Networks
Cumulus Networks is bringing the Linux revolution to networking. Founded by veteran networking engineers from Cisco and VMware, Cumulus Networks makes the first Linux operating system for networking hardware and fills a critical gap in realizing the true promise of the software-defined datacenter. Just as Linux completely transformed the economics and innovation on the server side of the datacenter, Cumulus Linux will do the same for the network. It is radically reducing the costs and complexities of operating modern datacenter networks for service providers and enterprises. Cumulus Networks has received venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Peter Wagner and four of the original VMware founders. For more information visit www.cumulusnetworks.com or follow @cumulusnetworks.

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