Cumulus Networks is proud to announce CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named us to its 2019 Data Center 50 list.

This annual list identifies technology suppliers that offer the right management tools to help businesses and solution providers ensure data centers run with maximum performance and efficiency. We couldn’t be more thrilled! This accomplishment really solidifies our vision — to build the modern data center networks for applications of the future.

It’s been a while since we updated our blog community with our evolved vision for the modern data center, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to review a little bit about what Cumulus has been doing lately and how our products have evolved.

Our story — Building the modern data center

We pride ourselves on providing networking software to design, run and operate modern data centers that are simple, open, resilient, scalable and operationally efficient.

Our network operating system, Cumulus Linux, is a powerful, open network operating system that allows you to automate, customize and scale using web-scale principles like the world’s largest data centers.

When it comes to data center networks, traditional network solutions are unable keep up with the pace of change and agility required to serve customers better, faster and cheaper. These systems are complex, proprietary and expensive. They weren’t designed with private and hybrid cloud models in mind or for today’s applications.

Legacy networks have become a barrier to the business. Network operations require a significant rethink if it is to adapt to future technology and process demands, such as containers, DevOps, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and software-defined infrastructure.

By transitioning to open networking, we believe organizations of all sizes can affordably build and efficiently operate their network like the world’s largest data centers. Our customers can run their data center networks the way Google and Facebook have done for years — highly automated, flexible and efficient, without all the development time or expensive, specialized hardware. We refer to this as web-scale networking.

Since we were founded 2010, we’ve grown to have over 1500 customers globally including 35% of the Fortune 50. We support over 100 open hardware platforms from a number of technology partners including Mellanox Technologies, DellEMC, Facebook, Edgecore Networks, Penguin Computing, Lenovo, HPE,, Delta Networks, Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) and Super Micro Computer, powered by the latest in Broadcom and Spectrum ASIC technology. As you can see, we’ve really been busy!

Why does this matter to you? It means open networking is here to stay. Our vision for the modern network is manifesting every day and we love being drivers of the open networking revolution. When companies like CRN recognize us for our innovation, it only solidifies what we’ve always known — that open is inevitable.

The CRN vision and ours

Prefacing their list of the top 50, CRN details where they see the data center going and how they chose vendors to be on this list. “The rise of cloud, software-defined, cost-efficient energy solutions, hyper-scale facilities and the need for more edge computing is changing how companies build and sell data center offerings.” They chose companies that are driving innovation and powering new technologies. With that in mind, it’s no surprise to us that Cumulus made the list (and it’s not the first time…).

Previous awards for Cumulus Networks from CRN include the Software Defined Datacenter 50 list in 2017, CRN Top 10 Coolest Open Source Products of 2016 for Cumulus Linux 3.0, CRN Top 10 SND Market Leaders in the Data Center and Enterprise 2016, CRN Finalist in Enterprise Software Category for Cumulus Linux 3.0 2016, and Finalist in Networking-Enterprise Category for Cumulus Linux 3.0.

Be sure to read the announcement by CRN with the full list of winners here and our profile by them here.

Again, we’re honored and excited to have made the cut and we look forward to the day where every data center is running open, disaggregated and standardized software for agility, flexibility and scale. Read more about how Cumulus is differentiating ourselves in the market.