Nvidia buys Cumulus Networks to boost sale of Mellanox

Nvidia has agreed to acquire Cumulus Networks for an undisclosed amount to enhance its networking software capabilities.
Nvidia at trade show
Nvidia recently closed the $6.9 billion acquisition of Mellanox Technologies. Nvidia said that its Mellanox Spectrum switches already ship with Cumulus software.

Cumulus Networks received $134 million in funding from investors such as Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company makes Linux-based operating systems for network hardware that can be easily scaled for cloud-computing applications.

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

“Nvidia’s approach to creating both the hardware and software for accelerated computing expands deeper into networking software with Cumulus,” Nvidia said in a statement. “The ability to innovate across the entire technology stack will help us deliver performance at scale for the accelerated, software-defined data center.”