Cumulus Networks Blog

What Do Spinal Tap and OpenStack Have in Common?

They both go to 11!   Kilo is the eleventh major OpenStack release, with enhancements across the board and new features like Ironic for bare metal service provisioning. SMB to large-scale clouds with OpenStack are being deployed in droves with a self-service portal to spin up virtual and now bare metal workloads while automatically provisioning … Continue reading What Do Spinal Tap and OpenStack Have in Common?

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vSphere with Cumulus Linux

I presented my first webinar on VMware vSphere with Cumulus® Linux® last week, which was really exciting for me. VMware has been around for 17 years and counting while Cumulus® Networks® came out of stealth mode only in June 2013. We all know that VMware vSphere works with a variety of network architectures, so I wanted to take … Continue reading vSphere with Cumulus Linux

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5 Reasons to Attend Cumulus Linux Boot Camp

Sure, you’re smart and can figure out Cumulus Linux on your own. Or maybe you can’t spare 8 hours for training. If you don’t think you have the time or can benefit from attending the Cumulus Linux Boot Camp as you get started with open networking, here are five good reasons to think again. 1. … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Attend Cumulus Linux Boot Camp

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The Magnificent 7

Our Cumulus Networks team is very excited that Supermicro has joined our Open Hardware partner program, the latest major IT systems provider to join the industry-wide open networking movement. Now there are seven. Supermicro is a leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server, blade, storage, and networking technology for Green Computing — worldwide. Cumulus Linux on Supermicro bare-metal … Continue reading The Magnificent 7

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Managing Your Out-of-Band Network with Linux

Initially when I was asked to blog about out-of-band management I thought to myself, as most people would, “this is too basic!”  What new thing could I cover?  Generally speaking, out-of-band management, like management in general, is an afterthought.  With that typical attitude, we make the mistake of placing low value on access to our … Continue reading Managing Your Out-of-Band Network with Linux

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Open Networking: Worth the Learning Curve

When’s the last time you had the opportunity to learn about a new area of technology? Not just the latest API but something big. With the emergence of open networking, now may be the time to do just that. Open networking is becoming more wide spread in data centers, partly because of CapEx savings and … Continue reading Open Networking: Worth the Learning Curve

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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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