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Cumulus Networks

CEO: JR Rivers

Cumulus Networks has made big strides since emerging from stealth last year, striking up several new partnerships that will help drive adoption of its Linux-based networking operating system.

Founded in 2010 by former Cisco and VMware networking engineers, Cumulus is looking to take on networking giants like Cisco and Juniper with an open-source Linux-based networking OS that can run on commodity or "white-box" networking gear. It's a model that differs from market incumbents like Cisco, who tightly integrate their own hardware and software. In June, Cumulus said it plans to expand its channel program to work with partners in Japan and Australia, after introducing its North American channel program late last year. The company also inked a deal with Dell to resell Dell's Force 10 switches running its software. At VMware last August, Cumulus announced a partnership with VMware, integrating its software with the VMware NSX platform.

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