It’s that time of year when people start to get a little sentimental. The seasons change, the new year starts to hurriedly approach, and it makes you want to think about all of the things you’re grateful for. And like a contagious laugh, it looks like some of us here at Cumulus have caught those feelings. We’ve got a lot to give thanks for, so let’s take a moment to reflect on the year so far and all the bounty it’s brought us. Here are some of the things Cumulus Networks is thankful for:

Our company’s continued growth

It’s been an eventful year for Cumulus as we’ve continued to push the boundaries of web-scale networking. So when we receive recognition for our hard work and vision, it means the world to us. This July, we were incredibly grateful to be included in Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking in the “visionary” category. Creating a culture of visionaries is incredibly important to us, and it’s great to hear that other people are catching on as well. But the celebration doesn’t stop there. In addition to being recognized for our vision, we were also honored for our innovation this year. Recently, Cumulus Networks was inducted into the JPMorgan Chase Hall of Innovation as a result of our innovation, business value and disruptive nature. We were incredibly humbled by this award, as it shows just how much our team and our loyal customer community can achieve together.

Our team’s latest developments

The Cumulus team has put a lot of hard work and passion into our latest innovations, so let’s give a shout-out to some of the greatest technical accomplishments this year. For starters, we launched NetQ, a telemetry-based fabric validation system that ensures your network is behaving as intended. The team shortly followed-up with Host Pack, software essentials for the host that make container networking a breeze. Then, to give people an easy, completely cost-free way to demo these great products, we developed Cumulus in the Cloud, a prebuilt virtual data center that anyone can use to deploy and test Cumulus technology.

We also made some impressive developments outside of new releases, and dipped our toes into some previously unexplored mediums. In August, Chief Scientist Dinesh Dutt, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media, published the wildly popular book BGP in the Data Center. This handy guide covers the theory, design and operationalization of BGP in data center networks to help you navigate the most popular routing protocol for data centers.

Our team must have really been in an educating mood this year, because in addition to books, blogs and webinars, we added a completely new segment to the learn section of our website. If you’re looking to learn more about web-scale networking, our new how-to video series is for you. Whether you’re configuring IP addresses, preparing to automate your data center or wondering about the differences between traditional versus Linux networking, our highly-qualified instructors will walk you through everything you need to know.

Our local community

Open source networking is all about giving back to the community, and the people at Cumulus believe in that message. So much so, that for the second year in a row, we are proud to participate in the Second Harvest Food Bank. This organization reaches out to members of the Silicon Valley community to donate food to families in need. Our team also recently participated in the Family Giving Tree Back-to-School Drive, and we collected over forty backpacks filled with school supplies for underprivileged children in our local community. It’s been great to watch Cumulus employees band together and show that the Linux Kernel isn’t the only community we contribute to.

The people who make Cumulus great

Last, but certainly not least, we have to give our biggest thank you to the fantastic Cumulus community. And we mean every single member of this community. Whether you’re a customer, a partner, a Cumulus champion or someone who just appreciates what we do, your continuous support means everything to us.

Thank you for being a part of the web-scale revolution, and we wish you all the best this holiday season!