Cumulus Networks Accelerates IT Innovation with the Technology Ecosystem Partner (TEP) Program

Networking industry adopts loosely coupled ecosystem solutions over brittle and overpriced single-vendor stacks

Paris, France, OpenStack Summit, November 4, 2014 - Cumulus Networks®, provider of Cumulus® Linux®, the operating system for open networking, today announced its Technology Ecosystem Partner (TEP) program, enabling a broad range of partners to speed networking innovation and provide customers with a wider choice of data center solutions. Customers benefit from the choice and speed enabled by the open Linux environment compared to long feature development cycles and limited choice inherent with traditional networking vendors. Currently, the TEP framework has 21 initial program members and several open source communities within three program tiers.

For customers deploying a modern data center, open networking enables affordable capacity and consistent automation. The TEP program facilitates the resulting shift in how IT organizations procure, build and choose data center solution elements based on loosely coupled infrastructure that best fit the needs of their business.

TEP program members are focused on key technologies such as cloud orchestration, data center automation, monitoring and visibility, and storage. Cumulus Networks is collaborating with industry leaders to publish validated solution guides for VMware® vSphere®, big data solution with Apache™ Hadoop®, and cloud orchestration with OpenStack. The TEP program expands these solution development efforts by offering a range of partner benefits. 

Illustrating the speed of innovation with open networking and this type of partnering, a leading network virtualization overlay software provider, Midokura, completed successful integration with Cumulus Linux, going from concept to showcasing functionality in 22 days.

“With Cumulus Linux, the network OS offers a platform for innovation for both cloud infrastructures and traditional network environments,” said Reza Malekzadeh, VP Business, Cumulus Networks. “Linux applications can be built and deployed seamlessly, with minimal partner integration. Customers can leverage the TEP program to choose their preferred application stack and go from idea to execution in weeks instead of the months or years required with single-vendor networking stacks.”

Cumulus Linux as a Platform

The TEP program offers three membership tiers designed to optimize collaboration with Cumulus Networks across solution development, technical engagements and go-to-market strategy execution.

  • Community: Cumulus Networks welcomes open source evangelists, communities and partners interested in getting involved. Program Community members can build functionality on Cumulus Linux and showcase joint solutions to customers with no risk or investment.  
  • Select: Integration with Cumulus Linux and joint solution development complement sales and channel development efforts. Select partners are able to host content through a microsite with Cumulus Networks.
  • Premier: Advanced solution development and integration based on engineering engagements and roadmap collaboration. Premier partner solutions are hosted on the Cumulus Workbench remote customer test evaluation environment.

Supporting Quotes

"There are many vendors claiming proprietary integrated stacks as a solution to the problems in the data center today, but as an end-user, we care most about simplicity of deploying the solution, efficiency of the operations and the affordability without compromising on quality. Cumulus Networks has built an open platform that allows ecosystem partners to build and integrate very easily, providing us with a choice of evaluating several solutions at a fast pace." – Dag Stenstad, CTO, Zetta.IO

"Cumulus Networks shares our vision of delivering OpenStack as a production-grade open source technology, and Cumulus Linux is a key enabler in getting OpenStack deployments to scale." – Boris Renski, co-founder and CMO, Mirantis

"We are very pleased to become an ecosystem partner of Cumulus Networks. Network Virtualization Overlays and Linux based switches are a match made in heaven, and we expect to work closely with the Cumulus Networks team to bring to market a holistic cloud networking solution." – Dan Mihai Dumitriu, CEO and co-founder, Midokura

"Network automation is the next frontier for many of our customers and we're excited to partner with Cumulus Networks to help them realize the full benefits of the software defined data center. With this integration, customers manage switches powered by the Cumulus Linux operating system in the same way they manage servers and other Linux based devices, allowing for greater innovation in the network automation space." – Nigel Kersten, CIO, Puppet Labs

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About Cumulus Networks

Unleash the power of Open Networking with Cumulus Networks. 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 data center. Just as Linux completely transformed the economics and innovation on the server side of the data center, Cumulus Linux is doing the same for the network. It is radically reducing the costs and complexities of operating modern data center networks for service providers and businesses of all sizes. Cumulus Networks has received venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Peter Wagner and four of the original VMware founders. For more information visit cumulusnetworks.com or follow @cumulusnetworks.

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