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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–@Cumulus Networks, the leaders in building web-scale networks for the digital era with open and modern solutions, today announced @Kubernetes support with Cumulus #NetQ, a network operations tool that provides visibility and intelligence into the health of the entire network. The support for Kubernetes builds on existing integration with @Docker Swarm to enhance visibility, streamline troubleshooting, and help network operators avoid costly downtime in container environments. The company also introduced a new global leader of engineering, @Partho Mishra, and the appointment of @Shrijeet Mukherjee as Chief Architect. Designed to work hand in hand with Cumulus Linux, Cumulus NetQ provides actionable insight into every trace and hop in the Linux-based data center—from the container, virtual machine, or host, all the way to the switch and port. The metadata it collects across these elements ensures visibility and intelligence into the health of the network, making sure everything is behaving as intended. Cumulus NetQ 1.3, available now, adds direct integration with Kubernetes, the popular container orchestration engine in use by 71% of enterprises.1 This release also supports the Container Networking Interface (CNI) ecosystem, specifically across the two most popular CNIs of Calico and Flannel. Both CNIs are maintained by Tigera, which has partnered with Cumulus on the integration. Enterprise adoption of Linux-based containers is increasing rapidly, due to containers’ ability to dramatically improve flexibility when running cloud-native applications on a physical or virtual infrastructure. 451 Research predicts2 containers will grow to become a $2.7 billion market by 2020; 3.5 times greater than the $762 million container market in 2016. Yet with all their benefits for speed and efficiency, containers can cause major challenges for network operators. Because containers are ephemeral, the traffic patterns are constantly changing, so being able to view history and changes to the network becomes more important than ever. According to Gartner, multihost networking is important because “the portability and ephemeral life cycle of containers will overwhelm the traditional networking stack. The native container networking stack doesn’t have robust access and policy management capabilities.”

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