Chapter 2

The modern network needs S.O.U.L.

The modern network needs S.O.U.L.

CIO Magazine recently predicted that by 2020 there will be 4.1 billion internet users with 26.3 billion networked devices. This will cause data center traffic to jump 330%!

Proprietary systems that lock you in do not offer the flexibility, agility and robustness to support the modern needs of a data center. Web-scale companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook knew they had to change the old ways of networking. By effectively unlocking the vertical network stack, they opened a whole world of scalability, redundancy, automation and predictability never known before.

Now, networking engineers in other enterprise organizations can obtain the benefits of the web-scale principles from these organizations and can create a modern network architecture to bridge new technologies with the old. The result is a network that enables full insight and connection, from mainframe to microservices. But how does an organization move from legacy infrastructure to web-scale? That’s where S.O.U.L comes in.

Cumulus Networks offers a new paradigm for those who seek to drive change and automation with our focus around “Networking with S.O.U.L.” S.O.U.L = Simple, Open, Untethered, Linux. It is this driving principle that breaks the shackles of the old way. Networking with S.O.U.L. is the unique capability that we offer. Its four tenants are our goals, our passion and our differentiation. Only through these foundational principles can a modern, agile network be built to support the new demands of the business.

Simple = Web-scale networks must be easy to try, provision, operate and scale.
Open = Openness means freedom, which means unleashing innovation.
Untethered = Disaggregation unlocks choice, plus the full use of automation tools and the ability to scale affordably.
Linux = Using Linux in networking unifies the data center, giving unprecedented visibility and coding power.

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