CEO: JR Rivers
Former Cisco and VMware executives teamed up to build Cumulus Networks. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company creates Cumulus Linux, a full-feature Linux-based operating system for networking hardware. The differentiator with a Linux-based OS for networking, Cumulus Networks said, is it allows for a "cloud-like" infrastructure on any industry standard networking equipment to easily enable software defined networking. Just nine months after kicking off the program, Cumulus Networks announced in June that it was going global with its channel program to cover North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific.