Cumulus Networks Strengthens Board of Directors Amid Record Growth and Market Adoption of its Open, Modern Networking Software

Former Deutsche Bank Group COO, Kim Hammonds, joins board as company leads the transition to open networking and data center modernization

Mountain View, CA - Jan. 22, 2018 -- Cumulus Networks, the leaders in building open, modern, and scalable networks, today announced unprecedented company growth, increased global adoption of open networking solutions and the appointment of seasoned executive Kim Hammonds to its board of directors. With more than 25 years of hands-on experience overseeing technology transformation across four different industries such as Boeing, Deutsche Bank, Dell and Ford, Hammonds will play an integral role in Cumulus’ mission to accelerate the open infrastructure movement in today’s modern data centers.

“Modern networking software with a highly simplified operational model is the future for innovative companies and Cumulus is leading this transition from closed and proprietary environments to open and highly-scalable networks,” said Josh Leslie, CEO of Cumulus Networks. “As a former COO with direct technology oversight across some of the largest global companies, Kim deeply understands the challenges enterprises face with legacy networking solutions and the need to modernize data centers to win in today’s competitive environment. Her expertise will be invaluable as we continue to redefine data center networking.”

Cumulus hit significant milestones in 2018 including record customer adoption of more than 400 customers globally added to their portfolio. More than 1,500 global companies, and over a third of the Fortune 50 rely on Cumulus for open, modern networking software that is simple, flexible and highly resilient including Adobe, Box, Dreamworks, LINE, PayPal, Telstra, and Yahoo Japan. In addition to the 90+ hardware partners, Cumulus also announced new partnerships with top manufacturers and solution providers including Lenovo, Fiberstore, and ADVA to further drive industry adoption of open networking.

“The networking industry is overdue for a new approach and Cumulus is delivering it -- enabling organizations to transform their networks and realize major business benefits as a result,” said Kim Hammonds. “As a global leader with transformational experience across automotive, aerospace, technology and financial services industries, I know what COOs and CIOs are looking for to power the modern data center and digitally transform the way they run their networks: it’s choice, flexibility, simplicity, and scalability. This is exactly what Cumulus offers. Add to this the company’s strong leadership team and innovative product vision and you get an unmatched market opportunity. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and help execute on the next phase of growth.”

Cumulus Networks’ 2018 milestones in customer adoption, innovation and recognition:

Record Company Growth and Global Customer Adoption

  • Closed $43M in Series D funding to accelerate global adoption of open networking.
  • Increased company headcount by 50%.
  • Added, Box, Dreamworks, LINE, PayPal, Telstra, and Yahoo Japan among others to its client roster, bringing the global total to more than 1,500.

Open Networking Software Innovations and Expanded Partnerships

  • Announced Cumulus Linux support for platforms with the Broadcom Trident 3(TD3) ASIC, providing greater flexibility and ease of use to networking. 
  • Introduced Cumulus NetQ 1.3, integrating NetQ with Kubernetes, extending its leadership in container networking visibility.
  • Expanded efforts with Voyager - a collaboration project with Facebook, resulting in a successful trial with Vodafone.  
  • Expanded partnerships with Lenovo, Fiberstore, and more.
  • Created industry-standard open networking certification program and training modules to educate and enable customers to grow their deployments faster. 

Industry Recognition and Validation

Received top business and industry awards: Fortune Best Small & Medium Companies, BIG Awards for Business, the DevOps Awards, Network Product Guide’s IT World Awards and Wealthfront's List of Career-Launching Companies. 

Awarded Gartner Customer Choice for Data Center Networking in 2018, received visionary recognition second year in a row for Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking, and recognized for the first time in Forrester’s SDN Wave as a Strong Performer.

About Cumulus Networks

Cumulus Networks provides networking software to design, run, and operate modern data centers that are simple, open, agile, resilient, and scalable. Cumulus Linux is the only open networking software that allows you to affordably build and efficiently operate your network like the world’s largest data center operators, unlocking vertical network stacks. Combined with Cumulus NetQ, an operational management tool, organizations can take advantage of deeper analytics and advanced telemetry to increase visibility across the network and reduce mean time to resolution. Cumulus Networks has more than 1,500 customers globally and has received venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Telstra Ventures, Peter Wagner, four of the original VMware founders, among others. For more information, please visit

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