Cumulus Networks Unveils a Linux Platform for Data Centers and Cloud Deployments

Cumulus Networks, which has been operating in stealth mode, emerged today to unveil Cumulus Linux, billed as "the first true, full-featured Linux operating system for datacenter networking." The platform is being billed as competitive with Cisco’s switch-centric platform offerings (Cumulus’ OS is pitched as ideal for the datacenter switch market decoupled from the underlying hardware infrastructure), and is also likely to compete with Red Hat as it moves more in the direction of cloud computing. Cumulus may also compete with cloud hosting providers. Meanwhile, Piston Cloud Computing, Inc., focused on enterprise OpenStack, today announced a technology partnership with Cumulus Networks. Cumulus Networks was founded by networking engineers from Cisco and VMware in 2010. Led by CEO JR Rivers and CTO Nolan Leake, the company has gathered more than  $15 million in venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Peter Wagner and four of VMware’s founders. That’s some impressive financial backing. The company also has a number of heavy-hitting clients and partners. There is an emerging network architecture being adopted by enterprises and service providers consisting of intelligent edge software, decoupled from the underlying physical network, running over general purpose network hardware. There are many benefits to this architecture,

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