The first, true Linux OS for
data center networking
Linux operating system for networking hardware.
What is Cumulus Linux?
Cumulus Linux is a Linux operating system that runs on top of industry standard networking hardware. It is a software-only solution that provides the ultimate flexibility for modern data center networking designs and operations, enabling the best of breed hardware ecosystem and the best of breed solutions ecosystem with a standard operating system, Linux.
Cumulus Linux DistributionCumulus Linux is Linux, it is a networking focused Linux distribution based on Debian, and offers the entirety of the Linux experience on networking hardware. Cumulus Networks leverages existing Linux networking packages, enhances for gaps and innovates to provide modern tools and functionality for data center networking and contributes these back to the community.
Broad Hardware EcosystemCumulus Linux accelerates robust networking functions at wire-rate on a variety of hardware platforms. Cumulus Networks certifies Cumulus Linux operations for all products on the Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)
Broad Application EcosystemCumulus Linux is a platform for applications. Existing open source and commercial Linux applications run natively on industry standard switches, and new applications can be developed and integrated rapidly, on par with new application development cycles.
Why Cumulus Linux?
Cumulus Linux enables faster, easier and more affordable networks by providing:
Find out about the latest features and advancements of Cumulus Linux 2.5
Choice & Independence
- Choice of hardware
- Choice of application
- No vendor lock-in
Why Network Architects
like Cumulus Linux?
Manage switches like serverswith Linux on networking gear, leverage Linux know-how and transparency, leverage Linux as a platform with open source and commercial applications readily available, provide rapid integration and customization
Simple business modelSoftware only, Disaggregated from Hardware, Subscription business model, Transparent pricing, Flexible budgets
Operational efficienciesAutomated Deployment and Provisioning, Simple Configuration Management
Workflow automationSimplified Applications Deployment, Orchestration, Risk Management
Modern data center designHigh Capacity Fabric, Simple integration with overlays
Cumulus Linux Is Not Based On Linux. It Is Linux.
Who Benefits from Cumulus Linux?
Cumulus Linux powers over 1Million ports deployed across a range of customers in sizes ranging from webscale to small business, in industries ranging from technology to education, and in multiple markets worldwide.
Cloud and Service Providers
OPEX savingsLarge OPEX savings that can reach 90% based on automation, simplified operations and rapid deployment
Greater capacityReinvest the savings in tools, services or applications that scale operations
DifferentiationCloud providers can innovate on top of Linux as a platform. They benefit from a rapid pace of innovation - innovation is no longer tied to hardware or software cycles but instead it is tied to applications.
OPEX savingsWith automation, rapid deployment, risk management tools
FreedomFreedom to choose the best hardware and the best software
SimplicitySimplicity and flexibility with L3 Clos Fabrics
CAPEX reduction with budget flexibilityHigh Capacity at an affordable price (up to 80% savings on switches and optics), fixed form factor platforms savings with power/footprint reduction
Ease of deploymentWith automated provisioning (ONIE, Zero-Touch Provisioning) and Simple / interoperable L3 Clos Fabric
Linux skill setReuse Linux skill set throughout environment