We couldn’t be happier to report that Cumulus Networks has been placed on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking in the Visionaries category — for the second year in a row. This acknowledgement and honor once again solidifies not only our place in the industry, but also open networking’s place as a whole. The report states, “Cumulus continues to pioneer a vision based on open components, disaggregation of switching hardware/software and automation.” We couldn’t agree more, and we’re excited to be driving the industry forward into efficiency, flexibility, simplicity and innovation.

Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking gives an assessment of the current data center networking solutions for enterprises, and evaluates where they fall on ability to execute as well as completeness of vision. Without further ado, here is this year’s quadrant:

A few key highlights: 

  • Cumulus was mentioned continually throughout the report in relation to hardware support, enterprise growth and leaders in the disaggregation and open networking movement. Most notably, Gartner highlighted our growth with enterprise customers, which helped us differentiate ourselves on the quadrant from other vendors. The report states, “Cumulus grew its enterprise customer count by more than 200 over the past year, which is above market rates.” And that’s just enterprise customers! 😉
  • We are pleased to see that one of our key hardware partners, Mellanox, has joined us on the quadrant. We recommend sending them a congratulatory tweet @mellanoxtech (don’t worry, we already have!).
  • Cumulus is listed as a pioneer of open networking and disaggregation (as noted above). We are happy to see an emphasis on our strength and alignment with DevOps principles, which is admittedly one of our favorite core philosophies.
  • In case you missed it last year, we put together a quick video showcasing how innovation is engrained in our culture at Cumulus leading to visionary products and processes. Check it out:

The best part is that we have a lot in store for the coming months (we’re growing rapidly after all). Since the report was researched, we’ve added a large number of features to our networking stack, including VXLAN routing asymmetric and symmetric support, VRF route leaking, and policy-based routing. Although we’ve had support for 25GB with Mellanox since our 3.1 release, and a Cumulus Express 25GB option, we now have added Broadcom to the 25GB hardware — so you have complete choice at the 25GB speed.

And finally, we’ve also been working steadily to expand our NetQ feature list to include a lot of exciting new tech. We can’t divulge too much here, but let’s just say the features will give you more visibility, enable more control and look a bit prettier. Keep a close eye on our blog, your email and the social sphere for more updates to roll out.

If you would like to read the full report, you can download it here. There are some really valuable insights on customer priorities, industry trends and the challenges the industry will continue to face. It’s worth a read!

We truly believe open networking is the future, and we’re so happy to be a part of it. If you haven’t checked it out already, we recommend subscribing to our new podcast, the Kernel of Truth. Here, we will be regularly discussing the latest trends, tech and challenges in the industry and sharing our vision for the industry. It’s a great way to stay in the know of what’s happening both at Cumulus and with open networking as a whole.


Source information: 

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking, Andrew Lerner, Joe Skorupa, 11 July 2018

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