Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED.
Let an ISACA® certification
elevate your career.

Register today and save
Linux/Open Source
DDoS Protection Powered By Verisign
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Is Cumulus Network OS Really a Cisco-Killer?

Is Cumulus Network OS Really a Cisco-Killer?
By Jennifer LeClaire

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

Legacy networking solutions are flawed for numerous reasons, according to Cumulus. They are proprietary with tightly integrated hardware and software. They are expensive and complex. There are no common tool sets to orchestrate, automate and monitor them. And they are prone to human error. Cumulus aims to solve these problems by providing a network operating system.
 


Cumulus Networks on Wednesday rolled out what some are calling a Cisco-killer. Bold words, but there may be a sliver of truth to them as the Cumulus Linux operating system for data center networking makes its way into several next-generation service providers and enterprises and finds broad industry support.

Veteran networking engineers from Cisco and VMware founded the company in 2010. Led by CEO JR Rivers and CTO Nolan Leake, the company has raised more than $15 million in venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Peter Wagner and four of the original VMware founders.

Cumulus Linux promises fast, easy and affordable networking. Industry watchers agree that it fills the void for a truly stand-alone network operating system. Cumulus contends that these benefits are helping its customers fulfill the promise of the software-defined data center.

"Linux revolutionized the compute side of the data center over the past 15 years," said Rivers, who as well as CEO is co-founder of Cumulus Networks. "Having a common OS broke vendor lock-in, drove down server hardware cost, allowed scale-out architectures, and provided a common platform for innovations like virtualization.

"Meanwhile, networking remained stagnant. Innovation is finally coming to the network, and we are bringing that same transformational impact that Linux has had on data center economics and innovation to the networking side of the house."

Transforming the Data Center

Enterprises and service providers operating modern data centers face three interlocking challenges: creating infrastructure that is higher capacity, less complex and affordable. They need to address those three challenges in a way that supports new, more fluid application architectures with great agility and efficiency. The network is vital to making this all work.

According to Cumulus, legacy networking solutions are flawed for numerous reasons. They are proprietary with tightly integrated hardware and software. They are expensive and complex. There are no common tool sets to orchestrate, automate and monitor them. And they are prone to human error.

Cumulus aims to solve these problems by providing the network operating system. The company said customers can take advantage of the price-performance of so-called "industry-standard" or "bare- metal" hardware as well as the agility and automation of the new generation of "software-defined" data center software and native Linux-based tool sets.

"Andreessen Horowitz is betting heavily on the transformation of the data center from something that was traditionally hardware-centric to a new world where the intelligence lives in software. Nicira was an investment that addressed a key part of this, and now Cumulus Networks is filling another critical piece on the networking side," said Peter Levine, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz. (continued...)

1  |  2  |  Next Page >

 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Linux/Open Source
1.   CenturyLink Aids Docker Management
2.   Oracle Releases a Slew of Upgrades
3.   Samsung Postpones Tizen Phone
4.   HP Drops $50M on Hortonworks
5.   Teradata Bets Big on 2 Big Data Buys


advertisement
CenturyLink Aids Docker Management
Open-source Panamax for developers.
Average Rating:
Oracle Releases a Slew of Upgrades
Database 12c, Linux 7, Data Cloud.
Average Rating:
Samsung Postpones Tizen Phone
No developer interest in platform.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Chinese Hackers Nab Info on Millions of U.S. Patients
A group of Chinese hackers has stolen the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, of about 4.5 million patients at hospitals operated by Community Health Systems.
 
Premier FBI Cybersquad in U.S. To Add Agents
After helping prosecutors charge Chinese army officials with stealing trade secrets from major companies and by snaring a Russian-led hacking ring, the premier FBI cyber-squad is getting a boost.
 
Apple Opens iCloud Data Center in China
Treading lightly, Apple acknowledged it has started to store encrypted iCloud personal data of some Chinese users on servers in mainland China, operated by the state-owned China Telecom.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Compression, Deduplication Come to Violin Concerto 2200
Violin Memory has announced that data deduplication and compression capabilities are now available on its Concerto 2200 solution. Typically, users will experience deduplication rates between 6:1 and 10:1.
 
Cisco Axes 6,000 Employees in Restructuring Plan
Faced with declining profits, Cisco is laying off up to 6,000 employees in the months ahead -- a whopping 8 percent of its global workforce. That's in addition to the 4,000 jobs Cisco cut last year.
 
Web Slows, Have Internet Routers Reached The Limit?
If you encountered problems connecting to the Internet on August 12, you weren't alone. Networking experts blame the wide-scale slowdown on outdated routing systems that are reaching their limits.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
HTC Debuts Windows Phone Version of One M8 Smartphone
HTC is bringing the Windows Phone mobile OS to its flagship One M8 device -- the first time any mainstream flagship smartphone has been offered with a choice of operating systems.
 
Verizon Earns Top Rating in Mobile Network Comparison
A new report says Verizon Wireless was the top-performing U.S. cellphone service provider in the first half of 2014, on a nationwide and state-by-state basis, as well as in metro areas.
 
Sprint Comes Out with Data Guns Blazing
As its new CEO promised, Sprint has rolled out a new aggressively competitive price plan. The shared data plans promise twice the high-speed data and at lower prices than AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.