Nvidia Acquires Cumulus Networks To Boost Networking Software Capabilities

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  • Cumulus Networks supports more than 100 hardware platforms with Cumulus Linux, its operating system for network switches
  • Recently, Nvidia had closed the acquisition of Mellanox Technologies

Nvidia today announced its plans to acquire Cumulus Networks. The company said that that this will help in boosting its networking software capabilities and bring forward a new era of the accelerated, software-defined data centre. Recently, Nvidia had closed the acquisition of Mellanox Technologies.

Nvidia said in a blog post, “With Cumulus, NVIDIA can innovate and optimize across the entire networking stack from chips and systems to software including analytics like Cumulus NetQ, delivering great performance and value to customers. This open networking platform is extensible and allows enterprise and cloud-scale data centers full control over their operations.”

Cumulus Linux

Cumulus is based in Mountain View, California. It supports more than 100 hardware platforms with Cumulus Linux, its operating system for network switches. Nvidia said that it’s NVIDIA Mellanox Spectrum switches already ship with Cumulus Linux and SONiC. This is the open source offering forged in Microsoft’s Azure cloud and managed by the Open Compute Project.

The ONIE environment Cumulus created is a software foundation for Mellanox’s bare-metal switches. Nvidia added in the blog post, “Together, we built DENT, a distributed Linux software framework for retail and other enterprises at the edge of the network. And our Onyx operating system continues to expand, especially in Ethernet Storage Fabrics (ESF).”

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