Cumulus Networks Blog

Feeling the Love from Our IT Brethren

I had the honor of accepting two awards yesterday on behalf of the Cumulus Networks team. We’re pleased because the honors were awarded based on a broad poll of real people in real IT shops, including some of the world’s biggest enterprises and service providers. You can’t buy these; we didn’t even know that the poll was … Continue reading Feeling the Love from Our IT Brethren

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Bringing Enterprise Class Automation to Open Networking

Today Puppet Labs announced that Cumulus Networks has joined its Puppet Supported Program. We’re very excited about this and, if you’re implementing a software-defined data center, you should be excited too. Is it finally possible to manage the data center instead of just managing stacks? Because Cumulus Linux is Linux, our customers are able to … Continue reading Bringing Enterprise Class Automation to Open Networking

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OCP Summit 2015: Open Networking as the Norm

Open Networking Thrives at the 2015 OCP Summit A few weeks ago I passed my 2 year work anniversary at Cumulus Networks. In this short amount of time we’ve helped change the networking industry as a whole. This statement may seem a bit bold, but I feel it’s justified and we’ve all earned it. I’ll … Continue reading OCP Summit 2015: Open Networking as the Norm

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Arista Jumps into Open Networking — or Do They?

On March 31 Arista announced it will offer its EOS operating system as a subscription license separate from its switch hardware.  While the rest of the industry is realizing disaggregation of hardware and software for the sake of customer choice and innovation, Arista’s “disaggregation” is only a new pricing model. Arista hardware and its EOS … Continue reading Arista Jumps into Open Networking — or Do They?

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Cumulus Linux Switch Monitoring with Datadog

As a Linux platform, one of the things is that we often don’t have visibility into how customers use their switches running Cumulus Linux. They buy HCL-compatible hardware from our partners, and with some training and enablement, are off to the races. The idea for running Datadog in Cumulus Linux came about for the simple … Continue reading Cumulus Linux Switch Monitoring with Datadog

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The Facts Behind the Myth

I hate getting into lengthy discussions regarding open networking (or bare-metal) pricing as there are benefits other than price. However, with so many people trying to understand the industry transition, I feel compelled to jump in when I see confusing information. Forrester analyst Andre Kindness recently published a report called The Myth of White-Box Network … Continue reading The Facts Behind the Myth

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Cumulus Networks, sFlow and data center automation

 Cumulus Networks and InMon Corp have ported the open source Host sFlow agent to the upcoming Cumulus Linux 2.1 release. The Host sFlow agent already supports Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, Solaris, and AIX operating systems and KVM, Xen, XCP, XenServer, and Hyper-V hypervisors, delivering a standard set of performance metrics from switches, servers, hypervisors, virtual switches, and virtual … Continue reading Cumulus Networks, sFlow and data center automation

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Cumulus Networks Support — Community Style

Sometimes, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Today we launch a new method of support to the Cumulus Networks family, a community question and answer site. This is a place where you can ask either a simple question for which you couldn’t find an answer, or maybe something you’ve always wanted to … Continue reading Cumulus Networks Support — Community Style

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Open Hardware that Just Runs

When you buy a server, you don’t worry whether or not Windows will run on the server.  You know it will. That’s because the server industry has a comprehensive solution to a hard problem: rapid, standard integration between the OS and underlying open hardware.  They’ve made it ubiquitous and totally transparent to you. This is … Continue reading Open Hardware that Just Runs

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Striking Gold with Copper in the Data Center

10G Ethernet (10GbE) is a very popular interconnect technology in today’s data center. It’s widely used for servers/storage devices connecting to top-of-rack (leaf) switches, as well as connecting those leaves to the aggregation (spine) switches. According to a Dell’Oro Ethernet Switch Market report published in 2014, 80% of server connections will be 10GbE-based by 2018. … Continue reading Striking Gold with Copper in the Data Center

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