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As organizations look to take advantage of innovative technology like 5G, cloud, IoT and more, they look to innovative networking deployments that incorporate new ways of thinking about automation — think infrastructure-as-code, CI/CD and more. With the rapid pace of growth, network traffic continues to grow at an exponential rate and organizations are left with infrastructure that is harder to manage and deploy. 

Network automation has thus become a key component in a business’ ability to scale by limiting resource demand, mitigating errors and helping operators manage more switches. 

The most advanced automation-compatible network operating system 

Cumulus Networks supports automation like no other. Cumulus Linux offers complete integration with any standard automation tool by standardizing on one unified language, Linux. It works seamlessly — without the need for custom plugins or proprietary scripts. And with Linux-based switches, existing automation tools and DevOps practices can be leveraged in networking, also commonly known as NetDevOps. Whether you’re using Saltstack, Puppet, Ansible or custom automation scripts, Cumulus Linux makes network automation easier than ever. Learn more about Cumulus Linux.

Production-ready network automation by Cumulus

As organizations try to keep up with the pace of exponential growth of network traffic, network engineers are faced with the challenge of building fully-automated networks at rapid pace and without error. This can often look like a tedious process of piecing together various untested scripts and proof-of-concept playbooks, or worse, struggling to run two or three virtual devices on a laptop to hand-craft automation. This was modern network automation. 

Cumulus is now offering the first production-ready automation solution. No other vendor out there delivers such a robust, production-ready automation solution that is validated and ready to go out of the box. This suite of automation and testing includes:

  • Ready-to-go automation using Ansible. It’s essentially a cut and paste. 
  • A fully populated variables file object model 
  • Complete Jinja2 templates 
  • Ansible playbooks and a full battery of network validation tests enabling continuous integration (CI). 
  • The complete and ideal  framework for a tangible “infrastructure-as-code” deployment
  • Utilizes Ansible core modules without the need for any add-ons or plugins
  • Open source and available on GitLab. See it in action using Cumulus in the Cloud. 

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So what's this all mean to you?

Cumulus Linux is built for agility. By standardizing your entire data center on a consistent Linux operating model, network automation is flexible, scalable and easier than ever. As always, we offer unprecedented choice. Choose whatever network automation software you’d like, and it will run seamlessly with Cumulus Linux. If you’re looking for a quick and easy, out-of-the-box solution, then check out our production-ready automation solution — it’s open source and available on GitLab, or you can give it a spin using Cumulus in the Cloud (CitC). 

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Automation partners

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"Cumulus Networks and Ansible are both focused on enabling customers to scale out without added cost and complexity. The shared vision of simplifying networking and automation creates a complementary scenario for customers to leverage both product lines with ease. We are excited to work with Cumulus Networks to help customers set up next generation data center environments."

Said Ziouani, CEO, Ansible

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"Jointly, Cumulus Networks and CFEngine are able to deliver a fully automated and commoditized data center. Using off-the-shelf server, storage- and network hardware, we offer software to help next generation infrastructure engineers automate all data center functions from one console, as one unified team."

Thomas Ryd, Co-founder and VP of Business Development

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Managing a web-scale data center requires the agility, speed, and scalability that can only come with automation. By presenting a standard Linux interface, Cumulus Linux allows Opscode Chef to manage switches as if they were just another Linux node, delivering the full benefits of automation for networking."

Jay Wampold, VP of Marketing, Opscode

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Puppet builds software that gives system administrators the power to easily automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy critical applications, and proactively manage infrastructure changes, on-premise or in the cloud.