Gartner Names Cumulus Networks® A Cool Vendor

Report recognizes innovative vendors who offer novel approaches to solving longstanding network challenges

Mountain View, Calif., May 7, 2014Cumulus Networks, the company bringing the power of Linux to networking, announced that it was named a Cool Vendor in the report, “Cool Vendors in Enterprise Communication Strategies, 2014” by Gartner, Inc. Gartner recognized Cumulus Networks for Cumulus® Linux®, the first true, full-featured Linux operating system for networking hardware.

In the report, Gartner analysts Joe Skorupa, Andrew Lerner and Tim Zimmermann wrote about how “several newer and non-incumbent networking vendors “offer novel approaches to solving longstanding network challenges, and are unencumbered by large installed bases or existing hardware-centric product margins they need to protect.” The analysts wrote that “the decoupling of hardware and software in an SDN provides potential for a fundamental improvement in how networks are designed, procured and managed.”[1]

“Cumulus Linux gives customers choice and helps free them from the proprietary lock-in that has characterized networking for decades. It also radically reduces the cost and complexity of operating modern data center networks,” said Reza Malekzadeh, VP of Business, Cumulus Networks. “We are pleased to see Gartner recognize not only our company, but also the significant changes taking place in networking today.”

The report is available on the Gartner website at


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About Cumulus Networks

Cumulus Networks is bringing the Linux revolution to networking. 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 will do the same for the network. It is radically reducing the costs and complexities of operating modern data center networks for service providers and enterprises. 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 or follow @cumulusnetworks.

[1]  Gartner, “Cool Vendors in Enterprise Communications Strategy, 2014” by Joe Skorupa, Andrew Lerner and Tim Zimmermann.

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