Cumulus Networks & Penguin Computing Combine Skillsets

| April 28, 2015

Cumulus Networks and Penguin Computing have both come together to share resources, and have created a new OS solution for Out of Band (OOB) management networking switches. Cumulus Networks and Penguin Computing both share a common vision in bringing core benefits of open based technology to their growing customer base. They are focused on the prevention of vendor lock in mechanisms, and helping their clients reduce their capital overheads and operating expenditures, while making things easier for automation.

Penguin 4804ip network switch 10

Penguin 4804ip network switch 10

Who are Cumulus Networks

Cumulus Networks was founded by experienced networking engineers from both companies Cisco, and VMware. Cumulus Networks designed and made the very first Linux OS designed for networking hardware, and they fill a gap in the market for the software defined data center. Linux first transformed the innovation and economics of the server side of the data center, and now Cumulus Linux is doing exactly that again for the network hardware. They are providing means to radically reduce costs and complexities for businesses that are operating modern data center networks.

Who are Penguin Computing

Penguin Computing is a company that focuses on using open technology to provide customers with solutions that take their computing and networking expectations to the next level. They are based in Fremont California, and were originally founded in 1998 in San Francisco by Sam Ockman. They are known for their cluster management software developed by one of their subsidiaries, Scyld Software. In 2009 they announced their Penguin on Demand service that offered batch processing.

Networking Synergy

It was Penguin Computing that brought some of the earliest Linux Server’s to the marketplace. Cumulus Networks are known for building the first Linux based Network Operating System that was available commercially to run on the Penguin Computing Switches. Both companies have teamed up to aid their development in an ideal methodology for their data center and cloud customers who are demanding computer intensive, analytics and big data performance. The new operating system extends the open networking model to the full rack and allows customers to now manage their networks through one operational model and a common interface.

Rack Management

The Cumulus Rack Management Platform operating system is based on a matured Cumulus Linux code distribution that is designed for the specialized out of band switch market. Since it is a true Linux Distribution the switches that run Cumulus Rack Management Platform (RMP) can be managed by the same Linux toolsets as the ones used on switches and servers running the Cumulus Linux OS. There has been a huge demand from customers for more choice and affordable capacity in their data centres.

Rise of Open Networking

Open networking has become the defacto standard for many businesses. From large cloud computing providers, to smaller organizations in both the public and private sector, they have all experienced the efficiency, ease and agility that comes with running an OS that is true Linux on their data center switches. Customers want more of this said Vice President of Business at Cumulus Networks, Reza Malekzadeh.

Artica 4804ip

Through the providers of open rack management switches, the Cumulus RMP will be made available for sale. Penguin Computing is providing the first native platform that supports the Cumulus RMP OS. Known as the Arctica 4804ip, this switch is available directly from Penguin Computing and its partners. There is a license for Cumulus RMP included with the Arctica 4804ip, as well as a 3 year warranty, and 3 years of customer support.

  • The Arctica 4804ip is a 48-port GbE Layer 2+ networking switch.
  • Its built in a compact 1U form factor, and is best suited for both Data Center Out of Band (OOB) networks including IPMI, and also for Enterprise Access.
  • The Arctica switch is built with 48 10-BaseT/100-BaseTX/1000-BaseT Ports.
  • There are also 4 1G/10G SFP+ ports.

There is also a specialized version of the Arctica available in the form of the Arctica 4804ipe. This provides Power OVer Ethernet Features (POE+) The Arctica 4804ip provides an x86 based control plane, making the integration of automation tools easier.



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